With Chris Watson and Jez riley French

The annual Wildeye overseas sound recording field trip / workshop will be led, as usual, by Chris Watson and Jez riley French. Plus, our special guest, Jana Winderen, will join us for a day or so to show us some of her approaches and talk about her work.

We will be staying in the region of Västergötland, close to Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake and home to an abundance of bird and sub-aquatic life. We’re also close to some other important environments such as the Göta river and canal, Vänern, Kinnekulle, Hornborgasjön, a smaller lake famous for its colony of cranes, and of course vast areas of forest and national parks.

There will be ample opportunities for recording in a wide range of environments, from harbours along the lake coast to deep woodland. With luck we’ll have the chance to encounter various species of wildlife including moose, terns, gulls, cranes, cormorants, sea eagles and perhaps some of the rarer birds in the area such as black-throated divers and turnstones. There are also wolves in some areas of Sweden and we’ll certainly have our ears open for them.

This will also be our first time visiting this area of Sweden so whilst we’ll be doing extensive research ahead of the course we’ll all be exploring together and this sense of shared discovery will, undoubtedly, add to this unique experience.

Our base is STF Lugnasberget, a small hotel around 15km south of the town of Mariestad. Here we will have the use of the entire site, including two buildings with a range of rooms – accommodation is in shared rooms ranging from twin to multiple multiple bunk bed rooms. Bed Linen is provided. We’ll also have a dining room where we will also hold our listening sessions and daily meetings.

Breakfast and a two course evening meal is provided. On our overseas trips we spend each day exploring away from the accommodation and so have regular trips to local shops for each of us to stock up on snacks, drinks and supplies for making packed lunches.


Day 1 (4th May 2017): meet up at the Stockholm meeting point – then begin our drive to our accommodation for the week. En-route we will stop at a supermarket to stock up on snacks, drink etc. We aim to arrive at our accommodation no later than 4-5pm, in time for an evening meal and to settle in.

Days 2-7: each day will involve field trips to various locations within a reasonable distance of our accommodation after breakfast, playback and review sessions in the evening and of course, time to relax.

We’ll be visiting such locations as:

. Vanern Lake and harbours
. Gota Canal sites & the Gota river
. Kinnekulle
. Lake Hornborga
. Tiveden National Park
. Garphytten National Park
. Djuro National Park

Day 8 (11th May 2017): we will set off early, after breakfast for our return drive to Stockholm.


Chris Watson
Chris WatsonSound Recording Tutor
Chris is a composer who specialises in recording the sounds of wildlife and the natural world. His freelance career in film, radio and TV has taken him to some of the worlds’ remotest places. Watson worked on David Attenborough’s Life and Frozen Planet productions for the BBC, which both went on to receive BAFTA Awards in the Best Factual Sound (click photo to read more).
Jez riley French
Jez riley FrenchSound Recording Tutor
Jez is a composer, artist & audio specialist whose output involves elements of intuitive composition, field recording (using conventional & extended methods) photographic images (including their use in photographic scores) and improvisation. He has performed, exhibited and had his work published widely across the world and also lectures in both field recording and the act & art of listening (click photo to read more).

Travel Information

Visas: Please check if you need a visa to enter Sweden (holders of normal British ‘European Community’ passports do not need one).

Insurance: It is essential you take out comprehensive travel insurance. Whichever insurance you choose please ensure it provides adequate cover for both you personally and also for any equipment you may be bringing with you.

Booking Information

Costs: UK£1,395.00 plus international flight to Stockholm (which you book yourself – recommendations will be sent on booking). You may have to/wish to arrive a day or so early due to flight times, so you should also budget for accommodation to cover this.Includes activities, local travel, accommodation and breakfast/evening meal each day.

Dates: 4–11 May 2017

Booking: To apply for a place please complete the form below, you will then be forwarded to a page which explains how to pay the UK£200 deposit to secure your booking:

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