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Bolle and Parco del Piano di Magadino - Itinerary 2

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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.
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Distance 3.5 km
1:00 h
16 m
16 m
200 m
193 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  

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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: April 01, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
200 m
Lowest point
193 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 2.70%Forested/wild trail 20.29%Path 58.79%Road 18.20%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.7 km
Path
2.1 km
Road
0.6 km
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Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Tenero, Brere
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'709'484E 1'114'247N
DD
46.170801, 8.856316
DMS
46°10'14.9"N 8°51'22.7"E
UTM
32T 488908 5113035
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Destination

Tenero, Brere

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus from Locarno, line 1 towards Gordola. Tenero-Brere stop.

Timetable on www.sbb.ch

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'709'484E 1'114'247N
DD
46.170801, 8.856316
DMS
46°10'14.9"N 8°51'22.7"E
UTM
32T 488908 5113035
w3w 
///champions.blackbird.survive
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Book recommendation by the author

Alla scoperta della biodiversità. Escursioni nelle zone naturali protette del Canton Ticino - Salvioni Edizioni, www.a-pro.ch 

Ivan Sasu, Eric Vimercati, Marcello Martinoni, SalvioniEdizioni, ISBN 978-88-7967-419-5

Equipment

  • Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • Telescope sticks if necessary
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps

Similar routes nearby

  • Tenero-Ascona
  • Percorso Vitea
  • Bolle and Parco del Piano di Magadino - Itinerary 1
  • Bolle di Magadino
  • Places of Power of Gambarogno
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.5 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
16 m
Descent
16 m
Highest point
200 m
Lowest point
193 m
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