Wildlife sound recording field trips – Black River Valley – central Sweden.

 

If you like the idea of waking in the forest to the bizarre sounds of a capercaillie lek, or drifting along an empty river in a canoe with snipe displaying around you and maybe a beaver gliding past, then you should think about joining our wildlife sound recording field trips to Sweden.

 

These trips are particularly appealing to sound recordists but we also welcome anyone with an appreciation of nature. Small group sizes and our knowledge of the area give you the chance to get close to wildlife without disturbing it. The Black River valley lies in central Sweden about 100km west of the capital Stockholm and just 40 minutes drive from Västerås airport. The area has been designated a European Natura 2000 site outstanding for its nature and wildlife.


 

For the May trip we stay in a large comfortable farmhouse sleeping 7 guests. The house overlooks the Black River with walks direct to the river and through the local hayfields and forest. May is the best time for summer migrant birds such as corncrake, bittern, thrush-nightingale, waders and wildfowl, as well as the local beavers and frogs. One of the highlights is the opportunity to take a canoe out onto the Black River and lake Hällsjön.

 

In May we are joined by sound recording expert Richard Youell who will set up a ‘studio’ in the farmhouse complete with high quality speakers for playback of our recordings. Equipment available for shared use on all of the trips will include a telinga microphone/parabolic dish and a binaural dummy-head microphone setup.

 

The trips have been planned to maximise time out in the field and no sites we visit are more than 30 minutes drive. Each day is planned according to the weather and the wildlife present. Stefan knows the area well, so there will always be plenty of options. Kari prepares the excellent healthy menu which uses local organic produce wherever possible.

 
Key facts about the trips

  • The cost is £945 GBP per person, 5 days full-board (around 9750 SEK)
  • 14 untill 20 May – 2018;
  • Group size 7 guests plus 3 leaders.

 
What’s included

  • Transfer to/from Stockholm Västerås airport (approx 40 minutes);
  • Accommodation in twin rooms (a single supplement is available in May at £100);
  • All meals (cooked breakfast and dinner, cold self-serve lunches, vegetarians catered for);
  • Bed-linen and towels;
  • Excursions off-site (weather/nature dependent) in hire vehicle;
  • The services of group-leaders Stefan, Kari and Richard during your stay;
  • Use of selection of microphones including Telinga, JRF contact + hydrophone, binaural dummy-head.

 
What’s not included

  • Flights (Ryanair London Stansted to Stockholm Vasteras);
  • Alcohol – we can make a single stop-off to stock up en-route to the accommodation;
  • Extras such as bicycle and canoe rental, beaver safari (full details download PDF initiary sheet here).

 
What to bring

  • Sound recording and photography equipment;
  • Binoculars;
  • Waterproof hiking boots (plus wellingtons if sleeping out at capercaillie lek);
  • Clothing suitable for 5-25 Celcius;
  • Insect repellent;
  • Swedish cash – enough for extra activities. VISA/Master Card accepted on site (see costs below).

 
Download the complete PDF initiary sheet >> here <<

 
About your trip leaders:

 
Stefan Taylor

Stefan has been a keen naturalist since youth. Much of his free time is spent in the field improving his knowledge and understanding of the natural world. His observational skills have been honed during several periods of working on research projects for the RSPB (the UK’s foremost nature conservation organisation) in Northern Ireland and Wales, and with the National Trust in England. His ‘day job’ is running an audio-visual business based in Cambridge, UK. Stefan is half-Swedish, speaks the language and has been visiting The Black Rover Vally area as often as possible. His knowledge of the local wildlife has developed steadily, aided by sleeping out in the forest and communicating with the wildlife whenever he can (has been known to bring wildlife to the group with his bird impressions!). Stefan looks after the admin and the logistics for the trips and is your first port-of-call for any questions on practical matters as well as questions about the wildlife.

 

Some of Stefan’s nature sound recordings can be played via his SoundCloud page >> klick here <<
 

Richard Youell

Richard has been a keen landscape photographer since a teenager and his interest in field sound recording has developed alongside photography – often noticing the amazing soundscapes accompanying impressive visual locations. In addition to natural environmental, wildlife and ambient sounds, Richard has a special interest in binaural or ‘dummy-head’ recording which provides a spatial or 3D effect when played back over headphones. Some of Richard’s sound recordings are stored in the British Library Environment and Nature archive (previously known as ‘The National Sound Archive’). Richard will be on hand to offer advice and technical tips on sound recording as well as photography.

 

Some of Richard’s sound recordings can be played via his SoundCloud page, >> klick here <<
 
Kari Knight

Kari is a qualified Yoga teacher and recently retired from a career in journalism at The Times newspaper. Her yoga practice has grown and further training has taken her into teaching mindfulness and compassion therapeutically, training yoga teachers and running Yoga retreats in Sweden for the last five years. Kari simply adores Sweden and even has a Swedish name despite not being Swedish! This project gives Kari an opportunity to combine her love of nature, wildlife, Sweden and cooking – being a keen amateur foodie and allotment gardener. Kari will be in charge of the food and assisting Stefan and Richard to make sure the trips are a great success. She can also offer individual yoga or mindfulness sessions.

 
Booking & Info

For booking or more information, please contact Stefan Taylor:
Website: Sound recording The Black River Sweden
E-mail: stefantaylor61@gmail.com (cut & paste).
Telephone: +44 (0)7710 177987
 
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