EC Bristol Drinks 2 Feb: Flight of the Swans Expedition - 7000km by paramotor following one of nature’s great migrations
Meet like-minded people. Get inspired. Everyone welcome. Thursday 2nd February
6.30 pm Doors open.
7.30 pm Talk by Steve Flanagan about his experiences on the Flight of the Swans Expedition
We've all been following EC member Steve Flanagan and the rest of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust team as they followed one of nature's great migrations late in 2016. Accompanying Sacha Dench on her epic 7000 km journey by paramotor from the Bewick's swans arctic breeding grounds back to the UK
Between 1995 and 2010 the number 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, 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.
As ever, David Attenborough puts its best “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.”
Just back from the trip, Steve was part of the expedition media team and will share incredible film, photography and stories from the adventure. Steve is a 360 video and timelapse photography specialist, so prepare to experience the natural world as you’ve never seen it before.
Venue: The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1HB 0117 921 0455
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