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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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 […]

Photo Essay – Arkhangelsk to Rakovie Lakes

30th January 2017

The Taiga forest crossing (see here) took a monumental group effort but we made it and were getting closer to our first major city, Arkhangelsk. The team grouped together to run through the coming days before Sacha and the media crew headed off to a scientist convention on swan conservation and then onto some school […]

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 […]


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.”