Bird Paradise, located 15 km west of Karşıyaka, is an area of coastal marshes and salt fields that is preserved as an important bird sanctuary - Bird Paradise of Izmir, which spreads over an area of 8,000 hectareses of birds have been breeding in the Park, placed under protection in Çamaltı salt pits territory (by Ministry of Forestry) in 1982.
Izmir's Bird Paradise is the result of the Gediz River depositing its silt where it meets the Aegean over thousands of years. Incredible numbers of birds, fish and other species depend on this paradise to live and breed.
The Gediz Delta is one of Turkey's and the world's most striking natural areas. Also known as the Izmir Bird Paradise the delta stretches from Bostanli shores to the Foca hills. There are approximately 250 types of birds (with an average yearly traffic of 50,000 birds) 314 plant types.
Bird Paradise is permanent and temporary home to hundreds of species of birds. Enthusiasts can spot many species, including Red Winged flamingos, Blackbirds, Dalmatian Pelicans, Ruddy Shelducks, Crakes, Magpies, Swallows, Coots, Plovers, Sand Martins, Great White Egrets, Black Storks, Grey Herons, Great Crested Grebes, Starlings, Kingfishers are some among the lists of birds.
Aswell as birds, many mammals, fish and reptile species take refuge in the delta and you may even see rabbits, foxes and wild boar on the hills.
The globally threatened Mediterranean Monk Seal is one of the most outstanding residents of the delta.