2024 Campout

Bowra Nature Reserve – 9th-13th September

The AWSRG biennial gathering will be held this year at Bowra (Australian Wildlife Conservancy) Nature Reserve in south-west Queensland.

As with our 2022 gathering at Gluepot, this will be a BYO field meeting style event, with camping only.

Toilets and hot water showers are provided for campers.


Arrive Sunday 8th Sept. – Depart Saturday 14th Sept.

Note: Check-in at Bowra is from 2pm till 5pm daily.

Camping costs:

Powered site – 1 vehicle per site, 1 person: $30/day, additional adult $10/day. There are only two powered sites (one already taken).

Unpowered site – 1 vehicle per site, 1 person: $15/day, additional adult $10/day

Day visitors – Per vehicle $15/day

Accommodation is also available in Cunnamulla ranging from $130 to $170 per night for those that do not want to camp. However please note there is a curfew on vehicle movements within the reserve from dusk to first light, so anyone travelling to and from Cunnamulla will have to factor that in to their access.

Bookings, Payments:

There is no cost to attend from the AWSRG, only your camping fees payable to Bowra NR.

Bowra is not accepting online bookings for our gathering. Payment is by cash only on the day of arrival, so please have the correct amount with you in an envelope when checking in.

We will need to know numbers of attendees. To indicate your interest or enquire further, please contact Jeff –
mob: 0439 091 778
email: awsrgtres@gmail.com


There will be no arranged catering for this gathering. Attendees will need to bring all food and personal supplies with them, so please think self sufficient.

There is a small bar fridge but it can only hold a certain amount. If you have a fridge in your vehicle, you’re encouraged to use that instead. 

Cooking facilities are also very limited – we may have access to a small cooktop, and there is a microwave. Once again, preferable if you use cooking facilities in your vehicle.

We may purchase some morning/afternoon tea supplies collectively. 


The shearing shed will be available to us for meetings and social events. It has 240V for charging phones, batteries etc.

The group’s data projector will be available, plus a stereo audio system. There is also a TV screen that will accept a USB input.

Presentations from members are welcomed, and can be delivered via USB stick or from your own laptop (HDMI or VGA input)

There is WiFi and internet near the shearing shed, and there is variable but good mobile phone access across the property.

Please note – there are no open fires allowed on Bowra Reserve.




AWSRG Victorian Gathering, 11/12th Nov 2023

by Roslyn Oades

Creeping along the hilly, dirt road to Strangways in regional Victoria, I was quite unsure what to expect.

I signed up as a member of Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group several years ago during Melbourne lockdowns. I’d enjoyed listening to their recordings, reading their articles, following group email exchanges, and on one occasion attending a fascinating online listening party, with audio accompanied by spectrograms. But, to be blunt, I was mostly an online AWSRG lurker. When it came to their in-person field excursions, I felt too much of an imposter to attend. However, on this occasion, the gathering was only a couple of hours from home, so I decided to take the plunge…

Following the directions I’d been sent, I took a left at the old ‘Land for Wildlife’ sign and pulled up at a charming mud-brick house surrounded by bushland. I was greeted by Andrew Skeoch, the AWSRG’s president, whose insightful new book I’d just begun reading. Andrew had generously opened his home to an enthusiastic group of AWSRG field-recordists for the weekend – both novices and experts alike. I fell into the novice end – highly curious, and with a lot to learn.

My adventures in sound over the next two days blew my mind. Our friendly group of around a dozen included several musicians, audio engineers, academics, a sound designer, a bird watcher and a few other field-recording novices like myself. One thing we all had in common was a passion for nature recordings and the technology that allows us to document natural environments with fidelity. The weekend was full of generous exchanges of knowledge, artistic sharing, close listening, ample food and warm company – while also managing to be very relaxed.

Highlights included experiencing one of Vicki Hallett’s responsive environmental music improvisations on clarinet in the bush at dusk on Saturday:

Earlier in the day, we’d also been introduced to the work of the Bowerbird Collective – two classical musicians who (by a serendipitous coincidence) were performing a duo concert of environmentally-themed music nearby in Maldon that afternoon. After they’d dropped by to join us for lunch and speak about their work, we attended the concert which featured nature audio and video woven among the live music.

The following morning, several of us rose early to record the dawn chorus, each using our own recorders, allowing a comparison of equipment. A small group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters chipped in the canopy overhead, while a Scarlet Robin, Bronzewing Pigeon, Magpies, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and White-throated Treecreepers called not far off.

Back in Andrew’s studio, we compared our recording methods and learned about audio processing techniques using Isotope RX.

I came home from my adventure in Strangways feeling inspired, nurtured and energised – and with a new list of listening and reading materials to dive into. I was so appreciative of this opportunity, and in particular, the warm hospitality and generosity of spirit I encountered among the AWSRG community. I look forward to attending another gathering in future, and recommend any fellow AWSRG lurkers to do the same.




Vale Ian Venables

With sadness we advise of the passing of one of our members, Ian Venables. Ian has been part of our group for nearly quarter of a century, attending many conferences over the years and co-ordinating the 2001 event at Lady Elliot Island. As a keen and knowledgeable birder, Ian also played a significant role in Birds Queensland. We extend our sympathies to his wife, Denise, and their family.

Ian’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday 24 August 2022 at Centenary Memorial Gardens, 353 Wacol Station Rd, Sumner Qld at 3.30pm.




ASRA 2021 Conference – Survival and Revival, Nov 9-11

Australasian Sound Recordings Association
2021 Conference – Survival and Revival
9-11 November 2021

Online Conference

Program & Ticket Registration

Announcing this year’s Australasian Sound Recordings Association’s conference Survival and Revival which will be held online from 9-11 November. The conference theme  is about the creation, use and preservation of sound recordings during the present time of pandemic, climate emergency and social and political upheaval. The program will examine new and shared challenges, collaborations and opportunities associated with sound recordings. It is aimed at sound archivists, audio engineers, broadcasters, publishers, sound creatives and field recordists.

Of special interest is the inclusion of an afternoon session (Thursday 11th Nov) devoted to environmental sound that will be moderated by Andrew Skeoch. The program includes AWSRG members, Tony Baylis, Mike Fitzgerald, Vicki Hallett and Ros Bandt, who will discuss a range of topics about the use of field/sound recordings in their respective practices. Topics include field recording in remote parts of Australasia, sound art case studies, the four seasons after the megablaze and an interrogation into why we record. In addition, Nat Grant will investigate the kinds of histories and memories that can be shared through making and experiencing field recordings and sound walks, and Alana Blackburn will discuss the collaborative process between sound designer and performer using sound recordings, focusing on her recent work on Regrowth with composer Ros Bandt.

Presenter’s abstracts, session times and ticket registrations are available at the conference website.




Les Gilbert, 1946 – 2021

Les Gilbert

Les in Spain by Gillian Chaplin

Les Gilbert – musician, composer, sound recordist and multimedia company director – has died on 17 August, aged 75.

Les was not formally a member of the AWSRG, focusing on his own extremely time-consuming work, however he has been an important figure in Australian nature recording. He attended the Rotamah Island gathering in the early pre-AWSRG days, and was a delegate at the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology conference in Melbourne in 2003, so many long-term AWSRG members will remember him. His 1990 Kakadu Billabong CD was a particular inspiration to myself.

This tribute to Les is offered by John Campbell, who did audio production and post-production work for him from 1992 to 2018. more »




2021 AGM – September 11 @ 3pm (AEST)

You are warmly invited to join us online for our 2021 AGM, to be followed by a sharing of recordings.

Saturday, September 11th, 2021, 3pm (AEST).
To be hosted online via zoom, click here to register for the event and receive the meeting link.

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AWSRG Winter Listening Party

Join us for an AWSRG Winter Listening Party.

Wednesday, July 14th at 7.00pm AEST

This will an opportunity to gather, chat and share recordings. Contribute a recording or two to the evening by sending audio no later than 24hrs beforehand (possibly via WeTransfer.com) to: listeningearth (you know the symbol) gmail (dot) com.

Registration is free but required to access the meeting link




Earth Law – an introduction by Michelle Maloney

As we face a climate changed world and transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together and nurturing the wider Earth community – the need for new governance systems has never been greater.

Our April online seminar will be an introduction to Earth jurisprudence, an exciting approach that can reshape the way we protect of nature.

April 21st at 7.00pm AEST

Click here to register and receive the meeting link.

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South America – A Nature Sound Journey, with Juan Pablo Culasso

Our March seminar will take us to South America, with nature sound recordist Juan Pablo Culasso.

Juan Pablo Culasso Nature Sound Jounrey to South America - AWSRG

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Pied Butcherbird Song with Hollis Taylor

Our February AWSRG seminar will be a talk by Hollis Taylor on her research into the songs of the Pied Butcherbird.

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