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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Kickstarting conservation

27th April 2017

Winter is over and our Bewick’s swans have left to return to Russia. Unlike last autumn, when they and WWT’s Sacha Dench had to flee the harsh Arctic winter as it descended across Europe, this journey is a race to reach the wetland wilderness of their tundra breeding grounds. Sadly for Sacha, she’s had to […]

Finding my wings

24th April 2017

The brief was challenging.  “I need a wing (actually two) that will help me become a human swan so I can fly from the Russian Arctic back to rural England in autumn/winter. If we don’t do this more swans will die. Please help. I look forward to hearing from you.” Whilst I wasn’t quite that […]

Gearing up for spring migration

24th February 2017

The days are getting longer and the weather warmer and our swans are preparing for their return migration. Resting for long periods and spending the longer days feeding out in the fields are sure signs that they are gearing themselves up for the 2,500mile journey back to their breeding grounds in the Russian arctic. Thanks […]

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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.”