Kars Plain

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
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.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Drinking water for Kars is pumped from a nearby well˜the wetland seems to be unaffected.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Kars Plain. Downloaded from on 03/10/2023.