Marmara Basin

Marmara Basin

Igneada Forests

City: Kirklareli

Provinces: Demirköy

Surface Area :3000 ha


Altitude: Sea level

Protection: Yes

Main Characteristics: Sweet water lakes, subasar forest

Bird Species: the small population of black storks – Kara leylek (5 pairs) gives the area important bird species status. Also important numbers of storks pass during the autumn migration (during two days counting max. 8366).

igneada forest bird watching area

Büyükçekmece Lake

City: Istanbul

Provinces: Büyükçekmece

Surface Area: 2850 ha

Altitude: 6 m

Protection:Yes

Main Characteristics: Dam lake

Bird Species: For red-crested pochard – elmabas patka (max. 14036) especially the area gains important bird species status for the huge number of winter passing water birds (max. 22.681). in winter you can see important numbers of yellow-legged gull – gümüs marti (max. 8775) while little gull – küçük marti (max. 1740) and Mediterranean gull – Akdeniz martisi (max. 10.000) can be seen in spring.

buyukcekmece lake birding area

Sile Islands

City: Istanbul

Provinces: Sile

Surface Area: 5

Altitude: 0-20 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: Has important bird species status for the breeding population of shag – tepeli karabatak (175 pairs).

Main Characteristics: rocky coastal islands

Iznik Lake

City: Bursa

Provinces: Orhangazi, Iznik

Surface Area : 29830

Altitude: 87 m

Protection: Yes

Bird Species: Important bird species status – with pygmy cormorants – küçük karabatak (30 pairs) and night heron – gece balikçil (250 pairs).

Main Characteristics: sweet water lake

iznik lake bird watching areas