From this open space it is possible to see (or at least hear) some of the birds that populate the forest. In the wood the birds find a rich and diverse food supply: the vegetation of the wood determines the presence of certain populations of invertebrates that attract certain bird species.
The wood does not only offer food resources but also refuge and places for building nest. Therefore, its vertical structure is very important and it is exploited in different ways by the many species of birds. The Chiffchaff and the Robin nest on the ground, while the Blackcap nests in the shrub layer. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker, the Short-toed Tree-creeper, and the Owl occupy the trees' cavities, while the Jay nests in the tree foliage.
The Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
Stage 1: Well and "Riaron"
Stage 2: House of Reason
Stage 3: Graad
Stage 4: Cassinel
Stage 5: The mixed broadleaf woods
Stage 6: Geological oddities
Stage 7: Mill and bridge
Stage 8: The glade in the wood
Stage 9: The torrent Franscinone
Stage 10: Wash-house
Stage 12: The eroded valley of the Franscinone
Stage 12: Water and energy
Stage 13: The edge of the flood-level wood
Stage 14: Dairy farm for the processing of milk
Stage 15: Lime-kiln
Stage 16: The rural area
Stage 17: The Humid area of Canéed
Stage 18: The earth kiln for charcoal production
Stage 19: Terracing
Stage 20: Madonna d'Arla
Stage 21: The Chestnut Wood of Pian Piret
Stage 22: The Beechwood
Stage 23: The Boulder with Engraved Cupels
Stage 23: I Denti della Vecchia
Stage 24: R’Alborón
Stage 25: The Oratory of S. Martino
Stage 26: The old center of Sonvico
Stage 27: The Walnut Press
Stage 28: The Church of Saint John the Baptist
The Luganese Regional Bus Line covers the Lugano – Sonvico stretch; from Val Colla you can reach Sonvico, using the postal bus from Tesserete to Sonvico.