WWT puts a totally new spin on migration with an epic 7,000km journey by paramotor from the Bewick’s swans arctic breeding grounds back to the UK.
Sacha and the expedition team will be flying the Bewick’s entire flyway, often at altitudes as low as 100m on a voyage that lasts as long as ten weeks… providing a birds eye view on the challenges facing these critically endangered birds.
Once they’ve safely navigated the vast Russian tundra – and its polar bears – Sacha and the team will continue to track the swans’ progress through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and France.
If Sacha completes the flight from the French coast to England, she’ll become the first woman to successfully cross the English Channel by paramotor.
Now on the home straight, and following the Thames, Sacha will fly through central London before finishing the mammoth journey at WWT Slimbridge.
Why ‘Flight of the Swans’ matters
Between 1995 and 2010 numbers of swans making the migration from arctic Russia to northern Europe plummeted by more than a third – from 29,000 to just 18,000.
By joining the Bewick’s on their migration, Sacha and the expedition team will see for themselves just why swans are unable to survive the journey.
Through Flight of the Swans WWT will gather first-hand evidence and information that, combined with existing research, can contribute to life-saving conservation action right along the Bewick’s migratory flyway.
How you can help
WWT's pioneering conservation work continues, saving endangered wildlife and the wetlands they need to survive.