Doğubayazıt Marshes

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: B1i (2004)
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Area: 11,420 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high unfavourable low
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Site description
The IBA comprises two lakes separated by an extensive marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites) and wet meadows, situated at the foot of Büyük Aðrý mountain (Mount Ararat). Saz or Kurtkapan lake is fed mainly by surface run-off whilst Gölyüzü or ªeyhli lake is fed by Balýk lake (site 091). The lakes are covered mainly by reed, with large parts drying up in summer. The plains surrounding the wetland are grazed, and reed-cutting takes place (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The site is also important for breeding waterbirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca. According to the limited information available, the site was more important in the past.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Doğubayazıt Marshes. Downloaded from on 04/03/2021.