Agyatan Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B1iv, B2 (2000)
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Area: 2,200 ha

Doga Dernegi

Site description
A lagoon (max. 1,130 ha, max. depth 3 m) situated west of the River Ceyhan mouth, fed largely by groundwater, but augmented by river water during periods of flood. With the exception of a narrow strait it is separated from the sea by high sand-dunes. Extensive grasslands occur to the north. The water-level fluctuates to a lesser extent than in other lagoons in the çukurova delta, resulting in smaller areas of mudflat and saltmarsh. The strait holds a traditional fish trap.

Key biodiversity
Important for breeding and wintering waterbirds and as a migratory bottleneck site, where more 12,000 Ciconia ciconia regularly pass.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Agyatan Lake. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.