Bolle and Parco del Piano di Magadino - Itinerary 2
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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 3.5 km
Highest point200 m
Lowest point193 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 cross the bridge and enter the wooded area along a small tarmac road. The path starts on the right. Continue straight on through an oak forest and a magnificent cane thicket, home to animal observation posts. Return along the same path as far as the crossroads after the fence and turn right, walking alongside several oxbow ponds and small canals. You will eventually arrive back at the start.
Bus from Locarno, line 1 towards Gordola. Tenero-Brere stop.