Ereğli Plain

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 137,020 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
A complex of shallow marshes, reedbeds (Phragmites), freshwater lakes and salt-steppe situated in the Ereðli plain and bordered by mountains to the north and south. The lakes cover 6,400 ha at their maximum extent and are fed by drainage channels. The area also includes surrounding agricultural land, parts of which flood during winter. Human activities include crop production, sheep-grazing and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The IBA is very important for a range of breeding waterbirds, although numbers have fallen in recent years due to low water-levels. Winter counts that have produced up to 30,000 waterbirds in the past have also shown a large decline, again due to low water-levels and the effects of severe winters.

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