Tuzla lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 2,800 ha

Doga Dernegi

Site description
The westernmost lake in the çukurova delta, situated east of the River Seyhan mouth. Brackish for most of the year, becoming fresher following winter rains. A narrow line of dunes separates the lake from the sea (excepting a small channel). A fish-trap operates at the sea opening. Also includes a complex of freshwater marshes, saltmarshes and ponds south-east of the lake. Large parts of the wetland dry completely during summer, when water is used for irrigation.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding waterbirds and for wintering wildfowl. A 1990 WIWO study revealed that large numbers of waders stop-over during spring passage, but remain for relatively short periods due to the poor feeding conditions.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tuzla lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/02/2023.