Uluabat Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3 (2004)
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Area: 24,490 ha

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 medium near favourable medium
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Site description
A large, shallow (max. depth 6 m), nutrient-rich freshwater lake on the south side of the Sea of Marmara. The lake is fed principally by the Mustafakemalpaþa river and contains four islands. Silt deposition has formed an inland delta largely under agriculture; the western and southern shores of the lake support vast reedbeds (Phragmites). Fisheries are the main economic activity; lake water is used for irrigation.

Key biodiversity
This site is important for both breeding and wintering waterbirds. Up to 429,500 waterbirds were present in winter 1996, representing the highest count at any Turkish site since 1970.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Uluabat Lake. Downloaded from on 25/09/2022.