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

Protection status:

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
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. With altitudes ranging between 600 and 3086 meters, the young Beydaglari zone generally consists of limestone and serpentine structure. 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. Tekedorugu, Bakirlidag, Tahtalidag and Kizlarsivrisi summits are particularly remarkable. The highest peak in the mountains is Mt. Kizlarsivrisi (3086 m) (Eken et al. 2006).

Key biodiversity

The site is a key area for Mediterranean and Alpine biome restricted bird species, including Krüper's Nuthatch and Rüppel's Warbler. Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), the globally threatened Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) and Bearded Vulture (Gypaetos barbatus) are some other key bird species at the site. A new salmon species, Alakır Salmon (Salmo kottelati) has recently been discovered in the area endemic to the Alakir River basin. 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.

Beydaglari is also important for mammals. Wild goat (Capra aegagrus), Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) and an Anatolian endemic, the Wooly dormouse (Dryomys laniger) are key mammal species at the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bey Mountains. Downloaded from on 06/08/2020.