As part of our ongoing support for BirdLife International, we are supporting the Turkish BirdLife International Partner, Doga Dernegi, to become a stronger, more effective and a self-sustaining organisation. Together with them, the RSPB is tackling key nature conservation issues in Turkey, to protect sites and save species, while building the internal mechanisms and processes that will make Doga Dernegi a solid, professional, NGO, and a leader in nature conservation in Turkey.
RSPB was influential in the setting up of the Turkish BirdLife partner in 2002, when Doga Dernegi started. Turkey is especially important because it is one of the most important countries in Europe for biodiversity. Turkey supports many species from the European, Central Asian and the Africa-Middle East biological regions. Many bird species in the European range is limited to Turkey and this country holds a significant percentage of the world population of several species: 30 per cent of global population of the critically endangered northern bald ibis, 25per cent of the European breeding population of the endangered white-headed duck, more than 10 per cent of the global population of the endangered Egyptian vulture, more than 30 per cent of global population of rollers, more than 70 per cent of global population of the near Turkish endemic krueper's nuthatch and more than 90 per cent of global population of the cinereous bunting.
Turkey also includes magnificent natural sites and habitats, including internationally important marshlands, rangelands and steppe, and high nature value farmland and forests across large parts of the country.
Species affected (not UK birds)
- Northern bald ibis
- Sociable plover