Bafa Lake This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 17,660 ha

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 very high very unfavourable low
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Site description
A slightly saline lake (max. 6,708 ha, max. depth 25 m) situated south-east of the Büyük Menderes delta (site 022) and enclosed by mountain ranges, except in the west where the land opens towards the Menderes plain. The lake is fed principally by river water, and contains four islands. Its western shores are shallow and support extensive marshes. Fisheries are the main economic activity, and the lake is a popular tourist destination.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding waders and large numbers of wintering waterbirds. Pelecanus crispus occurs throughout the year, with birds coming mainly from site 022. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2 breeding pairs).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bafa Lake. Downloaded from on 14/08/2022.