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The story so far

23rd September 2016

When our first tagged Bewick took off last week we knew we were on countdown to take off… After months of training and years of planning Sacha was “very excited” to be finally setting off. “It’s going to be mind blowing this first stretch,” she said before she left on Monday. She has now been […]

Introducing our Russian paramotor partner….

22nd September 2016

One of the most challenging stages of the Flight of the Swan’s expedition is the first 1000km, taking Sacha across the desolate Russian tundra. This vast wilderness is so sparsely populated you can fly for miles without seeing anyone. Even the Bewick’s tend to fly this first leg of their epic migration in one go, sometimes […]

Flight of the Swans has started…

20th September 2016

Sacha’s epic 7,000km journey following the Bewick’s on their migration from their breeding ground in arctic Russia has started. Early on the morning of Monday 19th September, she took off with her paramotor. A light tailwind gave Sacha the ideal conditions to start her journey from the Pechora Delta on Russia’s northern coast. Over 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.”