Site description A large, stream-fed saline lake (max. depth 110 m) of tectonic origin situated in a closed basin. Extensive alluvial flats lie to the north-east and south-west. The lake is flanked by forested hills and mountains; its near surrounds are under agriculture. To the west of the main lake there is a little freshwater lake, Soganli lake, where White-headed Duck is suspected to breed.
Key Biodiversity The IBA is very important for wintering waterbirds, and is the single most important wintering site for Oxyura leucocephala (over two-thirds of the world wintering population), with large numbers occurring throughout the year except during the breeding season.
Rivers and streams; Standing brackish and salt water; Water fringe vegetation
Extent (% of site)
Protection statusNational High International High23,700 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Burdur Gölu;, 38,125 ha). 23,700 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Burdur Gölu;, 23,700 ha). The boundaries of the Ramsar site exclude the freshwater Soganli lake to the west of the IBA where White-headed Duck is suspected to breed.
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