Bolle and Parco del Piano di Magadino - Itinerary 1
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Piano di Magadino
Photo: Ivan Sasu
Easy excursions to discover the marshy alluvial area of the Piano and Bolle di Magadino – a treasure chest of biodiversity where thousands of birds stop off every year on their journeys between Africa and Europe.
Distance 8.6 km
Highest point202 m
Lowest point194 m
The Piano and Bolle di Magadino area contains a great many swamps, sites where amphibians reproduce and floodplains of national importance. The nerve centre of the area is the Bolle di Magadino, one of the few places in Europe where the transition between aquatic and terrestrial environments is still largely natural and where thousands of birds of countless species stop off every year on their journeys between Africa and Europe. Thanks to its importance to the natural world, this area has been protected since 1979 by a cantonal protection order, is part of the international Ramsar Convention for wetlands, and is considered an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) by BirdLife International and the European Union.
The Bolle are home to more than half of Ticino’s populations of kingfisher, little bittern and reed warbler. With the due caution, it is also possible to observe the golden oriole, wild turtledove and scops owl. Between April and June, hearing the call of the green frogs and Perrin’s tree frog is remarkable. The waters are extremely popular with species of fish and populations of pond turtles, crayfish and dice snakes. There are also a number of different species of (sometimes rare) dragonflies.
Discover more walks "Alla scoperta della biodiversità" in the printed guide (in Italian). Information: www.a-pro.ch
From the AutoPostale PostBus stop follow the path that runs eastwards along the former arm of the Ticino river. Turn left near the boat yard to enter the protected area. Continue along the poplar avenue as far as the bank and then turn left towards the river mouth. This area is home to a number of observation towers. Once back at the bank, continue eastwards for around 1 km before making a U-turn and returning along the parallel path.
Train from Locarno to Cadenazzo, bus line 350 towards Dirinella. Magadino-Casa comunale stop.