Kars Plain

Country/territory: Türkiye

IBA criteria met: A1, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 18,670 ha

Doga Dernegi
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2016 favourable low negligible
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Site description (2000 baseline)
A small wetland situated 20 km east of Kars, adjacent to the road between Kars and Digor. To the south of the road are 15 ha of open water, with a rich submerged flora (mainly Potamogeton) and a mosaic of emergent sedge-beds. The area to the north is largely seasonal. The lake lies on a vast elevated plateau, covered largely by extensively grazed steppe-grassland.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for breeding waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kars Plain. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.