Kocaçay Delta

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 6,971 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium favourable low
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Site description
A complex of coastal lakes, marshes and forests on the southern shores of the Sea of Marmara, where the Kocaçay river enters the sea. The western half of the delta comprises two lagoons, reedbeds (Phragmites), extensive Fraxinus, Alnus and Salix alluvial forest, and a wide dune strip. The eastern half is more open with one large lagoon, arable land, orchards, dunes, reedbeds and Salicornia- and Tamarix-covered mudflats. Human activities include cattle-grazing.

Key biodiversity
This site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds. Several species of woodpecker also breed. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (one of the few confirmed Turkish sites).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kocaçay Delta. Downloaded from on 22/10/2019.