A conservationist plans to take flight this autumn alongside thousands of swans as they make a 4,500-mile journey from the Russian arctic to the UK.
Sacha Dench will fly by paramotor – paragliding with a propeller strapped to her back – to get as close as possible to flying as the swans do.
Each night she will land close by to observe their habits and hazards.
She hopes to shed light on the steady decline of Bewick’s swans whose numbers have halved in the last 20 years.
The first thousand km take her across the Russian tundra where there are no roads—meaning no ground crew can follow below.