Bey Mountains This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, B2 (2004)
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Area: 191,178 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 summary
Beydaglari is in the west of Antalya and northeast of Finike. The crest of the range stretches along the western shore of the Gulf of Antalya. The KBA is surrounded by Akçay and Alakir River valleys to the south and east, by the Elmalı Plateau to the west and Korkuteli Plateau to the north. The northeastern border includes the Bereket Mountain, which has been separated from the main mountain chain by a deep valley.

The site is a key area for Mediterranean and Alpine biome restricted bird, fish and mammals species. The valley constitutes also a possible range of the Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis) of the Taurus Mountains listed critically endangered at the European scale according to BirdLife International. KBA is one of the most important areas for threatened endemic plants in Anatolia. Great variety of restricted range and threatened plants grow in limestone and serpentine rocks of the river basin. Six plant species' world distributions are confined to Beydaglari, which are Asparagus lycicus, Aethionema lycium, Anchusa limbata, Cephalaria peshmenii, Hypericum huber-morathii, Seseli ramosissimum.
Six hydropower projects in the Alakir Valley are the key threat to the site, posing major pressure on several of trigger species. Mining, quarrying, tourism and urbanization are other threats at the KBA. The site listed as one of IBA's in Danger in 2015 and 2016.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bey Mountains. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.