AWSRG 2019 Workshop / Conference

Australian wildlife sound recording workshop

8th – 12th July, 2019

UNSW Field Station, Smiths Lake, NSW.


Dates for our 2019 conference workshop are now confirmed. Specific details and logistics for the event are still coming together, but in the meantime, please make a note of dates in your calendars.



Our venue will be the UNSW Field Research Station, located on the southwestern shore of Smiths Lake, part of the Myall Lakes region on the mid north coast of NSW. It is around 100km north of Newcastle and 35km south of Forster.

This location offers us a huge range of opportunities for wildlife sound recording, encompassing ocean and coastal, saltwater to freshwater lake habitats, and extensive tracts of sandy coastal heath, swamps, sclerophyll woodlands and subtropical rainforests.



One of our keynote presenters will be Dr. Douglas Quin, from Syracuse University. Doug has a vast experience of sound recording around the world, including some extraordinary research in the Antarctic, and his work is accomplished in both sciences and arts. He’s generous with his knowledge, a natural educator, and enthusiastic about being part of our event.

We’re currently putting together the program of talks and practical workshops for the week, and will publish it here as it reaches a draft stage.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to offer a presentation or share your skills, we’d welcome you getting in touch. And if you’d like to assist in organising the program, we could do with a few extra folks who have suggestions or good networks to approach.

We anticipate attendees will arrive on Sunday July 7th evening, and gather for a meal and welcome. Our program will begin Monday morning, and carry through until Friday. Depart Saturday morning at your leisure.



Our gathering will be week of listening to the natural world – sharing the skills and experience of nature sound recording for a variety of purposes, ranging from scientific research, to artistic responses or personal enjoyment.

The workshop will be a week of expert presentations, discussion and practical skill sharing, covering all aspects of wildlife and environmental sound recording, including:

  • equipment (microphones, recorders etc) and recording techniques,
  • fieldcraft and associated natural history skills,
  • editing, audio processing and archiving,
  • species identification and repertoire,
  • environmental listening and cultural responses

Practical sessions of field tuition and recording opportunities will be scheduled in nearby natural areas.

Our 2017 conference has set a precedent, and we can also look forward to a program of innovative artistic performances centered around the environmental arts.

We look forward to welcoming members and non-members. The week will be a gathering suitable for beginners, field naturalists, student and professional researchers, artists/musicians and anyone interested in engaging with the natural world more deeply through listening.



Please note: This information is preliminary at this stage.

  • Workshop registration fee: $50
  • Accommodation – (per night, per person): $15
  • Meals (fully catered, breakfast, lunch & dinner): Yet to be advised.



Smiths Lake is a scientific field station. Accommodation is basic, so we’ll have to be prepared and muck in to make things work. (However the location is superb!)

Read the User’s Guide for detailed information on the station, however in summary:

Accommodation is either camping or in dormitories. From what I understand, there are two dormitory buildings, a total of 7 rooms between them, with 6-12 double bunk-style beds (wire or wood slat bases, foam mattresses) in each room. Like I said – kind of basic. You’ll need to bring your own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets or sleeping bags).

There are hot showers in the ablutions blocks, and the kitchen has several fridges, including a commercial size one, plus a freezer. The station is on mains power.

There will be other more upmarket accommodation options locally, including through Air BnB (try search for Smiths Lake, Seal Rocks or Bulahdelah).



Yet to be advised, but either directly, or through an eventbrite listing (yet to be set up – we’ll post link here).

Andrew Skeoch: 0419 091 979, e:
Sue Gould: 0457 343 261, e: