Güllük Bay

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
The delta of the Hamzabey and the Sarýçay streams, where they meet the Aegean Sea. The site consists of a 200-ha lagoon, two smaller lakes, reedbeds (Phragmites), Salicornia flats and Tamarix scrub. The lagoon is becoming less saline as a result of freshwater input. Agriculture now occupies most of the delta, and there is a basic fish-trap at the river mouth.

Key biodiversity
The site has lost most of its ornithological importance due to wetland drainage.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include the effects of the numerous drainage channels that bisect the delta, the construction of a yacht harbour and airport, and large-scale tourist development.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Güllük Bay. Downloaded from on 09/05/2021.