This IBA includes a reservoir (max. depth 79 m), temporary wetlands at its inflows and cliff-faces to the north. It lies between Hamam Daðý (site 046) to the south and the Kapýkýrý mountains to the north. The reservoir is fed by three rivers and is used to produce hydroelectric power. Populus and Salix plantations border the seasonal wetlands.
This site is important for tree- and cliff-nesting waterbirds and raptors. Large numbers of Ciconia ciconia roost here on migration. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (frequently observed, thought to breed in the surrounds).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The felling of Populus stands threatens breeding species; a management plan could guarantee a rotation scheme whereby different sections of the stands are felled over successive years. The reservoir is heavily polluted, especially by untreated waste from Ankara (treatment facilities are being constructed). The effects of the pollution have not been studied.
National Low International None425 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Nallýhan kuscenneti, 425 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sarıyar Reservoir. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 25/06/2021.