Seyfe Lake This is an IBA in danger! 

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 46,359 ha

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
A shallow stream- and spring-fed brackish lake (max. 9,350 ha, average winter depth 1 m) situated at the southern end of the Seyfe basin. The shoreline is flat and muddy, and the lake area decreases during summer. Arable fields are present to the south and west, with extensive steppe in the north and north-east. East of Kýzýldaðyeniyapan village are 1,500 ha of brackish-freshwater marsh. Twelve scrub- and grass-covered islands are present. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing in the steppes to the north of the lake.

Key biodiversity
This site is important for a range of breeding waterbirds and for large numbers of wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (may breed).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Seyfe Lake. Downloaded from on 16/08/2022.