The wide mouth of the Büyük Menderes River (English: Great Meander) empties at the Aegean Sea, with an area of 16,613 ha (41,050 acres) The Büyük Menderes Delta is one of the most diverse wetlands in Turkey and is protected by several wetland agreements such as the Ramsar Convention. Its biodiversity is derived in part from the fertile lands and fresh waters of the delta, attracting numerous species to the area, including several migratory birds. But also 28 species of mammals, 42 species of reptiles, and 45 fish species have been documented within the park. The area features a trail for visitors.
Some of the more common bird species observed here include Pygmy Cormorant, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Kestrel, Kentish Plover, White-tailed Eagle, and Dalmatian Pelican, for which the park is a key nesting place.
You can explore this area by walking, cycling and car. It's a very big area, where many places are interesting to stop, but it's not always easy to find your way, because information is scarce.
Terrain and HabitatWetland
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byCar, Bicycle, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes