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December

​Flamingo Nature Park is coming to Mavişehir

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Within the scope of the project to include Gediz Delta in the UNESCO World Heritage list, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality has started to work on transforming the Mavişehir coast, outside the protected area where birds can be observed, into a Flamingo Nature Park.
 
The Flamingo Nature Park, which will be established in the coastal region starting from Bostanlı Fishing Cove and encompassing the Blue Island region towards the north, will create new habitats for the bird population in the region, while allowing the inhabitants to integrate with nature and closely observe bird species. Designed on an area of 135 thousand square meters, the Flamingo Nature Park is aimed to be put into service in the summer of 2021.
 
Natural classroom inside the sea
The saline wetlands that form the natural texture of the area behind the coastal fortifications built within the scope of the Mavişehir Coastal Rehabilitation Project will be reconstructed under the project in a controlled manner. Also important habitats will be created for the bird population within the region.  In the nature park, which will bring citizens together with nature, there will be units such as a visitor center, a nature classroom in the sea, wooden platforms, salty wetland plains, bird watching towers, bird perches. In addition, alternative and navigational bicycle paths are also planned to be built in the area.
 
Nature puzzles will be designed
Nature puzzles that can be enjoyed by all age groups will be designed for those who visit the Flamingo Nature Park. Visitors will be able to learn about biodiversity, natural wealth and cultural heritage in the Gediz Delta, raise awareness about their surroundings and raise awareness about the protection of nature by gamification.
 
Bird observation unit has been built in the Fishing Cove
As the first phase of the project, a Flamingo Nature Park Information Center has been established at the exit of Bostanlı Fishing Cove. There are 10 information panels located on shaded gathering and seating area. In these panels, general information about Gediz Delta, the formation of the delta, the birds living in the region, lagoons, coastal marshes, the biodiversity of the delta, fishing in the delta, reeds, Üçtepeler and fishes will be included. This unit will also be the meeting and starting point for bird watching activities throughout the delta. In addition, a “Bird Observation Unit” has been created inside the fishing cove. There will be information boards about the Pelican, Seagull, Tern, Grebe, Cormorant, Flamingo and Coot species that can be observed in this area in the unit, where the shaded observation area and seating surfaces are located.
 
Gediz Delta and Flamingo Nature Park, one of the focal points of the Living Parks project, gained the Ramsar status in 1998 and was declared a natural site in 2000. The region ensures more coastal fishing thus viability of the cove and one-third of Turkey’s salt production is met from this region.
 
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