A huge welcome home to Sacha Dench, our human swan.

Sacha’s epic migration has seen her cross the wilderness of the arctic tundra, endure injury, brave freezing temperatures, and battle through snow and thunder storms to make it back to Slimbridge.

But the end for Flight of the Swans is just the beginning for WWT.

Our pioneering conservation work continues, saving endangered wildlife and the wetlands they need to survive.

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WWT's pioneering conservation work continues, saving endangered wildlife and the wetlands they need to survive.

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Photo Essay – Taiga Crossing

5th January 2017

The Taiga was a whole new challenge for Sacha, having conquered the tundra section; this massive expanse of forest conjured up plenty of issues. Previously the route was so remote and baron that the ground team simply couldn’t help, now though they played a vital role in guiding Sacha to safety in forest clearings. The […]

Photo Essay – Roadtrip North

29th December 2016

Ground Team Drive North Sacha and part of the media crew flew up to the starting point on the northern coast of Russia, it is otherwise impossible to get there. However for the ground team it was a different story, we had to get as far north as possible and reunite with Sacha. With Mezen, […]

We’ve handed in the petition – thank you!

21st December 2016

Yesterday Sacha met with politicians in Westminster to hand over our petition calling for stronger protections for Bewick’s swans and the wetlands they rely on. We hope that the 13,566 signatures will encourage our government to defend the Nature Directives in the UK and extend the laws of nature with new legally-binding targets to improve […]


Sir David Attenborough - WWT Vice President

“This expedition is marvellously imaginative and adventurous, and a fitting project in WWT’s 70th anniversary. Peter Scott did similar in his day and inspired the world. That swans should fly from Russia, to come here, is surely a kind of parable - we can live in harmony with nature, and it’s up to us to do so.”