The Real High Flyers: Migrating With Birds And Other Animals, And Why They Matter To The City Of London, Our Supply Chains And Our Future


Join Sacha Dench and Ben Goldsmith on a journey through the eyes of migrating birds and other animals, from the Russian Arctic into Africa and around the world. Their talks will explore what we are learning from nature about the natural systems our supply chains are built upon, opportunities to invest, and how to mobilise finance for restoring nature at scale.


Sacha Dench is a scientist and adventurer who gained a reputation for devising innovative methods to uncover the threats and potential solutions to saving species on the brink. In 2017, she flew and epic 7,000km flight in a paramotor from the Arctic to the UK, meeting different communities, industries and decision makers along the way, to rally mass support for tackling the decline in Bewick's Swans and their habitats. For this effort she became known as the ‘Human Swan’, was named UN Ambassador for Migratory Species, became the first woman in 50 years to win the Britannia Trophy for an outstanding feat of aviation, and the project won Environmental Campaign of the Year. With 3 decades working in conservation research and problem-solving around the world, she cofounded Conservation Without Borders to continue to develop innovative collaborations for nature including opportunities for global corporations to be at the heart of saving species.

CEO & Ambassador for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species

Conservation Without Borders

Patrons | Dame Judi Dench | Sir Ranulph Fiennes | Ann Daniels | David Lindo

Supporters | Sir David Attenborough

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Ben Goldsmith is the chief executive of London-listed, green-themed investment trust Menhaden Resource Efficiency Plc. Ben is co-founder and board advisor of Nattergal Ltd, a natural capital company focused on restoring ecosystems at scale. Ben founded and chairs Conservation Collective, a growing network of locally-focused environment foundations; and is a Trustee of UK climate foundation Children’s Investment Fund Foundation Ben chairs the UK Conservative Environment Network and was a non-executive director of the U.K. Government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2018 to 2022. 

And for those that join us live, Dame Joanna Lumley has an invitation for you…