Sultan Marsh

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 44,674 ha

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high unfavourable medium
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Site description
The IBA lies in the Develi closed basin, surrounded by mountains. The wetland comprises a series of salt, brackish and freshwater lakes, and extensive marshes, and reaches 20,000 ha at its maximum extent. The salt-lakes are surrounded by Salicornia steppe; the southern marshes comprise vast reedbeds (Phragmites) interspersed with expanses of Typha, Juncus and Carex. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing, and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
The site holds significant numbers of a range of breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds. Large numbers of Phoenicopterus ruber, Grus grus and Recurvirostra avosetta use the wetland in autumn. Chettusia leucura apparently bred in 1996.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sultan Marsh. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.