Eşmekaya Marshes

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 7,936 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high very unfavourable low
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Site description
The area comprises a permanent freshwater lake (groundwater-fed), large expanses of marsh and rush pasture, two salt-lakes (Akgöl and Bezirci) and a number of small satellite wetlands east of the main lake. Juncus covers most of the dry, salty soils, especially in the south. Typha and Cladium are common to the north with Phragmites being the dominant species around the main lake.

Key biodiversity
This is an important area for breeding raptors and several wetland species. Significant numbers of wildfowl occur in winter. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Circus macrourus (only known Turkish breeding locality).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eşmekaya Marshes. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.