A few kilometers away from the Lugano city center, careful excursionists can be surprised by pleasant and unexpected encounters inside the woods and in meadows.

It is possible to run into wild boars, deers, badgers, squirrels, owls, foxes, hares and other wild animals.
Of great interest is the presence of the golden eagle which nests regularly in the area of Camoghè and Tamaro.

It is also possible to see the white partridge, “francolino” and the black grouse. In the pastures located between Gazzirola and Caval Drossa marmots can be observed quite frequently.

A deer

A fox

A wild pig

Small mammals such as the vole, the shrewmouse, the  field mouse and the squirrel can also be found.
Chiroptera (bats) represents an important fauna group since one third of all the local wild mammals belong to this category. The presence of five species of bats in the region has been verified. They are Leisler noctule, plecotus auritus, pipistrellus gray, eptesicus serotinus and myotis myotis.
It is possible to find reptiles belonging to the saurian group, such as green lizards, anguis fragilis, lizards and snakes such as grass snakes, smooth snakes, Aesculapian snakes, Western Whip Snakes and the common viper.
Avifauna is prevalent near streams. It is possible to find ouzels, grey herons, buzzards and several common species.
The presence of nematodes has not been studied in depth so far. It is possible to identify two species of scorpions: the Italian and the German scorpion.
We suggest to visit the paths between Sighignola and Monte Caprino in order to see roe deers, chamoises, deers and wild boars, besides the most common mammals.
Among rodents, marmots can be found (at high altitude) between spring and autumn. Squirrels are also part of the rodents group. Most of the time they are on trees looking for food.
Among predators badgers should be mentioned. Their nests are sometimes used by other predators such as foxes, stone martens and martens. During your excursions you can also bump into some weasels and bats.
During spring and summer, while climbing-up or climbing-down Monte Generoso, it is possible to see the so called “Bisbino horses”. Their name is due to the fact that two groups of Haflinger horses (Mula and Bionda groups) were able to survive during the cold winter of the years 2008-2009, despite facing difficulties.

Source: Luganobre.ch, Montagnecomasche.it, lugano-tourism.ch, Regionemalcantone.ch