Kızılırmak Delta

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4ii, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 31,327 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 high unfavourable high
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Site description
The largest area of intact wetland on the Turkish Black Sea coast, comprising open water, marsh vegetation (including vast reedbeds), sand-dunes, farmland and remnant woodland (including Alnus/Fraxinus seasonally-flooded forest). The lake edges support Phragmites and Typha; the dunes support maquis-like vegetation. Outside the IBA, the delta is used for grazing and intensive arable production. Reed-cutting is an important economic activity (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The site is very important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds, with over 10,000 waders passing through the delta in spring. Thirty-five species of passerine breed in the forests and Haliaeetus albicilla has bred in the past.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kızılırmak Delta. Downloaded from on 19/04/2021.