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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), : Flight of the Swans

Written by: Elmtree Press

The Flight of the Swans will begin at the Bewick’s summer breeding grounds of high arctic Russia.

Taking to the skies in September, Sacha and the expedition team will set out on a voyage lasting as long as ten weeks, covering a distance of over 7,000 km, at altitudes as low as 100 metres.  

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.

Flight of the Swans 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.