Yumurtalik lagoons

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2000)
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Area: 16,430 ha

Doga Dernegi

Site description
A complex of lagoons, salt and freshwater marshes, tidal mudflats, pastures, reedbeds (Phragmites), dunes and Pinus forest, situated between the River Ceyhan mouth and Yumurtalýk bay. The area is connected to the sea via several large inlets. Saltmarshes have been converted to arable land in places, and cattle graze extensive meadows in the west. Fish traps operate at several locations.

Key biodiversity
The area is important for breeding waders and terns Sterna and for large numbers of wintering waterbirds. A 1987 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: Yumurtalik lagoons. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 03/02/2023.