Turkey is one of the most spectacular countries on earth, with an extraordinary rich cultural and natural heritage. The main reason underpinning this richness is Turkey’s location. It intersects three old world continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. Over thousands of years, many species of birds, plants and other biodiversity have found their home in this country.

Turkey is known to host three out of every hundred species of plants in the world; it is indeed one of the richest plant countries in the world. Scientists have identified 34 “global biodiversity hotspots” on earth, three of which are in Turkey.

Birds are probably the best species that exhibit Turkey’s natural wealth. The Central Anatolian Plateau and the plains of Eastern Turkey host tens of thousands of water birds including the globally threatened White-headed Duck and the Greater Sand Plover.

The fascinating diversity of the species is now severely threatened by the immense growth of the Turkish economy that depends on the use of natural resources. Doğa Derneği, BirdLife Partner in Turkey, is the leading conservation NGO in Turkey working to safeguard Turkey’s most beautiful natural landscapes.

Doğa Derneği has been closely collaborating with the local communities at the important bird spots and has trained hundreds of bird experts across the country who will be employed to run DoğaTours trips. Dr. Çağan H. Sekercioğlu and Soner Bekir were the first Turkish people to have successfully run a bird tour in Turkey in 2005 and they have played a major role in founding and operating Doğa Tours.

They now arrange a tour called The Eagles of Istanbul. Istanbul is known for its indisputable historical sites. As well as its historical attributes, it is known to be on one of the world’s most important bird migration routes. Thousands of birds of prey and storks soar over this fascinating city every spring and autumn. Apart from Istanbul’s amazing panorama, one also has the chance of having the unique experience by witnessing thousands of little spotted eagles, buzzards, storks and other soaring birds. Sarıyer, located on the edge of Istanbul’s last surviving forests, is an ideal location to watch the migration miracle.