Ardahan forest

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 24,090 ha

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium unfavourable low
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Site description
An upland area north-east of Ardahan that occupies the broad valley of the Kura stream. The area comprises extensive areas of high altitude Pinus forest and grazed montane steppe, together with hay-meadows (often cut by hand) and arable land. Putka lake is covered by extensive stands of emergent sedge Carex, with very little open water. Its margins are heavily grazed.

Key biodiversity
The site also supports small numbers of breeding waterbirds, and several species of raptor probably breed in the forests surrounding the marsh. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding) and Aegypius monachus (thought to breed just outside the area).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ardahan forest. Downloaded from on 19/08/2022.