Pen travelled to Central London on Wednesday 27 January to launch a fundraising event in support of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s Flight of the Swans expedition.
The Royal Geographical Society in Kensington Gore played host to dozens of partners and affiliates celebrating the launch of the WWT’s record-breaking proposal to fly the migratory route of the Bewick’s swan by paramotor.
In September 2016, conservationist Sacha Dench will be flying from Arctic Russia, to Lake Ladoga and St Petersburg, through the Baltic States, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and then finally across the Channel to the UK.
Along the 4,500-mile flight she will be stopping at wetland centres, visiting community groups and taking footage of landscapes and people that she encounters, to give an insight into the migratory patterns of the Bewick’s swan.
Pen, a keen environmentalist, conservationist and observer of geophysical and geopolitical change with specialist knowledge in the polar regions, gave his support to the cause, discussed his own experiences of groundbreaking exploratory expeditions and shared a number of tips and advice for Sacha’s own mission.
With Bewick’s swan numbers halving in the last 20 years alone, there is a lot at stake to try and establish the decline of this wonderful species.
To keep up on all the latest updates from this expedition, please search for ‘Flight of the Swans’ on Facebook, or follow @WWTSwanFlight on Twitter.