Hosting a rooted-history and natural beauties, Karacabey is one of the most important cities in Bursa thanks to horse and sheep farming, fertile soils and famous stud farm.
Known as Miletpolis in ancient period and in Roman period as Mihaliç, which is fancied a lot today and that is the most well-known cheese of the territory, Karacabey that is one of the rare natural habitats of the world, attracts the attention of nature lovers thanks to Floodplain Forests, extraordinary ecosystem, several species and unique scenery changing every season. It also has many other must-see tourist attractions such as Bayramdere and Ayvaini Cave.
FROM OTTOMAN PERIOD TO THE PRESENT DAY
As for Karacabey, horse farms, where horses are raised, are one of the first places that spring to mind. In addition, the most important one among these horse farms is Karacabey Stud Farm that was given as a gift to Orhan Gazi during Ottoman Empire. It fulfilled very important duties in the country with the husbandry of breeding cattle, known as Karacabey Brunette which is needed by Turkish Farmers, thoroughbred Arabic horse, Merinos sheep and vegetable seed improvement in the country during the attempts of Atatürk’s agricultural reform. Growth of Thoroughbred Sivas Anatolian sheepdog and ‘’Akbaş’’ type of dogs is still maintained today in addition to the activities for breeding cattle, sheep raising, seed improvement, chicken raising in the organization, which is mentioned with thoroughbred Arabian horse races today.
ONE OF THE EXCEPTIONAL IN THE WORLD
Karacabey Floodplain Forests in Karacabey are one of the most special among Floodplain forests, which are rarely seen in the world anymore. The unique soils in which you can see the forest nearly as swimming in spring months, offer different views with ebb towards summer months. According to the studies by several researchers, Karacabey Floodplain forests, which host 217 different bird types, also incorporate wild horses. Unfortunately, we can only watch from a distance these wild horses, living in several groups.
MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SEASON
85 kilometers far away from the city center, hidden paradise Karacabey Floodplain Forests, are located in 2000-hectare Kocaçay Delta. This delta is an area that consists of infusion of Kocaçay into Marmara Sea, which constitutes from the combination of Karadere, Uluabat Stream and Nilüfer Streamlet. Floodplains, takin place in Delta formations are filled with water once rains have started and they spend most of the year under water. When the soil structure, enriched by the alluvion, carried out by the rivers is met with water, this magnificent natural wonder shape in different colors in any season and hosts different creatures.
A very important creature for the ecosystem of Karacabey Floodplain Forests, dung beetles roll the animal scats on the ground and move them to different areas then they fetilize and ventilate the soil naturally by putting the same in the ground.
LANDLORDS OF FLOODPLAINS
Karacabey Floodplains have a major role for many animals to shelter and continue their species above all. Among the species reproducing in the Delta are black stork, ferruginous pochard, collared pratincole, snowy plover, little bittern, night heron, squacco heron, little snowy plover, grey heron, mute swan, mallard, garganey, red crested pochard, common pochard, white-tailed eagle, haematopus ostralegus, common tern, little tern and many woodpecker species. Besides there are a great many waterbirds mainly pygmy cormorant, white pelican during migration and wild goose in winter.
WHAT TO DO IN KARACABEY FLOODPLAIN?
Bird observation tower is the only area in Karacabey Floodplain Forests to watch this area from the top.