The Black River Sweden



Listen to nature with us



The Black River, Sweden... ideal destination for anyone wishing to listen to, or record nature with the minimum of man-made disturbance.

We run small-scale trips to this Natura 2000-designated area rich in forest and wetland wildlife. Highlights include spending the night at a capercaillie lek and drifting through wetlands by canoe.

Both experienced and novice sound recordists are welcome, as well as those who simply appreciate nature. All trips include full board, lodging and transfer.


About us...


Kari Knight

Kari is a qualified Yoga teacher and recently retired from a career in journalism at The Times newspaper. This project gives her an opportunity to combine her love of nature, wildlife, Sweden and cooking - being a keen amateur foodie and allotment gardener. As well as being in charge of the food Kari also offers individual yoga or mindfulness sessions. To learn more about Kari's professional practice visit


Stefan Taylor

Stefan is an experienced naturalist who has worked with both the RSPB and National Trust and is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Wildlife Conservation . He is half Swedish and since buying a cabin in the Black River area in 2008 spends as much time as possible learning about the wildlife of the area. This has revived his early interest in recording birds as the area is the perfect location with very little human noise pollution. Stefan is responsible for the locations, guiding, admin and logistics for the trips and is your first port-of-call for any questions on practical matters as well as questions about the wildlife.


Richard Youell

Richard is an experienced sound-recordist and has a special interest in binaural or ‘dummy-head’ recording which provides a spatial or 3D effect when played back over headphones. He recently spent a month travelling around Cornwall as the field sound recordist for the ‘Escape to Cornwall’ DAB and Internet Radio station. Some of Richard’s sound recordings are stored in the British Library Environment and Nature archive (previously known as ‘The National Sound Archive’). Additionally, an interview with Richard is part of a collection of interviews with eminent sound recordists at the British Library. Listen Here