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Goodbye Russia, hello Estonia

21st October 2016

It’s been all change for Sacha and the Flight of the Swans team this week as they headed towards the Russian border finally making it into Estonia yesterday lunchtime (Thursday). Sacha had a knee brace fitted in St Petersburg before heading back to Vytegra to continue her journey by paratrike. She flew in tandem with […]

keep on going…

14th October 2016

After weeks of taking off on hard, uneven ground as she crossed the tundra Sacha was expecting a fairly straight forward take off from a field near St Petersburg on Saturday. Instead, an awkward stumble on her run up was followed by a moment of intense pain in her right knee.  ‘My screams of pain […]

Why 100,000 hectares?

13th October 2016

More than 5,000 of you have signed the Flight of the Swans petition, which we hope will bring about a government commitment to reinstate 100,000 hectares of wetlands to the UK, providing vital habitat for Bewick’s swans and other species in decline. We spoke to WWT’s chief scientist, Geoff Hilton, about why wetlands are so […]


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.”