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News: Descent 251 Now Available

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The latest edition of Descent is now available. Issue 251 is packed with news from around the regions at home and abroad, as well as ...

CRO Tackle Theft Update

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The Cave Rescue Organisation have tonight issued the statement below and ask that this information be circulated and shared as widely as possible to cavers ...

Cave Rescue tackle stolen from Kingsdale Master Cave – updated

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The Cave Rescue Organisation have condemned thieves who have stolen a recently installed traverse line and karabiners from the high level traverse in the Kingsdale ...

News: Pen Park Hole Scheduled as Site of Special Scientific Interest

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Pen Park Hole, a spectacular hydrothermal cave beneath north Bristol, has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England ...

News: ABIS and BCA Agree Joint Statement

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Photography by GeoPictures.net, courtesy of Dan yr Ogof Showcaves Following the one day closure of showcaves to cavers by the Association of British and Irish ...

Event: Gaping Gill August Winch Meet

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Post trip celebration. the mud coating is optional! Photo courtesy of CPC As many cavers know, Gaping Gill is open to the public twice a ...

Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 8th August

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Information has been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru to confirm that there is to be a planned release of water from an ...

New Website : Northern Mine Research Society

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If a society wants to thrive nowadays, it is important that they have a good website. It is by far the best way to promote ...

News: New Comms System For Use On Cave Rescues

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Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is using a new communication system known as Cave-Link to help them on cave rescues. Photo courtesy of UWFRA Communications ...

The British Caving Library

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The British Caving Library (BCL) is a national research and reference library based in the Peak District, owned by BCRA and staffed part-time by a ...

EuroSpeleo last call for Salon entries

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EuroSpeleo have asked us to remind everyone that the last call for Salon Competition entries is now 1st August (not 23rd July as shown on ...

News: New Rope Research Website

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For many years, a small group of enthusiastic individuals have been having a lot of fun breaking caving rope, and all in a good cause, ...

British Cave Registries

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We at DB Towers were rather surprised that one of our number, on hearing of the new and very impressive Derbyshire Cave Registry and Access ...

Caving in Derbyshire – DCA Cave Registry now online

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The Derbyshire Caving Association have launched an online guide to Derbyshire caves in the form of the DCA Cave Registry, a new resource which builds ...

NAMHO Conference 2017 – Call for Papers

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The 2017 Annual NAMHO Conference takes place over the weekend of 24th / 25th June, and will be based at Godstone in Surrey. It is ...

Event: Mendip Regional Event, EuroSpeleo 2016

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We're just a month away from the start of the EuroSpeleo 2016 event, "Caves and Caving in the Mendip Hills", and we're really looking forward ...

Do BCA have your email address?

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Since last year the BCA newsletter has only been distributed by email and BCA online are again appealing to cavers via Club Secretaries to help ...

News: BCA July Newsletter is now available

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The latest edition of the British Caving Association's Newsletter for July 2016 is now available. The contents include: a message from the Chairman, Andy Eavis, ...

Site News: Errors after update

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Apologies for the error messages you may have seen earlier at the top of the page. An update this morning led to these appearing. The ...

News: BCA Publishes Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

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After several years of work by the Conservation & Access Committee, BCA has now published its Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines. This takes the form of ...

News: Latest NAMHO Newsletter highlights launch of mining research agenda

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In the latest newsletter from NAMHO, Peter Claughton gives a detailed account of the launch of the Archaeology of Mining and Quarrying in England Research ...

Haggs Brow Cave Excavations, Lower Winskill

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Haggs Brow Cave Excavations, Lower Winskill Yorkshire Dales National Park. May 2016. A personal account by Vince Simmonds. Looking down the track to Lower Winskill ...

Event: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association Three Peaks Challenge

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On the 25th June 2016, the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association are holding a fund-raising event, the Three Peaks Challenge. Photo courtesy of Upper Wharfedale ...

News: Descent Reaches Milestone 250th Edition

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Descent (250), August 2016 The 250th edition of the caving magazine Descent is arriving on cavers’ mats this week and that’s a milestone in the ...

News: Digfest is nearly upon us!

CSCC DigFest 2016 Ever fancied finding new cave? Now's your chance. The diggers of Mendip will be opening their digs for you to visit and ...

News: Stunning New Discoveries in Bruniquel Cave

Salle de la grotte de Bruniquel, Tarn-et-Garonne en 1992/93. Cette grotte comporte des structures aménagées datées d’environ 176 500 ans. L’équipe scientifique a développé un nouveau concept, celui de "spéléofacts", pour nommer ces stalagmites brisées et agencées. L’inventaire de ces 400 spéléofacts montre des stalagmites agencées et bien calibrées qui totalisent 112 mètres cumulés et un poids estimé à 2,2 tonnes de matériaux déplacés. Ces structures sont composées d’éléments alignés, juxtaposés et superposés (sur 2, 3 et même 4 rangs). Cette découverte recule considérablement la date de fréquentation des grottes par l’Homme, la plus ancienne preuve formelle datant jusqu’ici de 38 000 ans (Chauvet). Elle place ainsi les constructions de Bruniquel parmi les premières de l’histoire de l’Humanité. Ces travaux ont été menés par une équipe internationale impliquant notamment Jacques Jaubert de l’université de Bordeaux, Sophie Verheyden de l’Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique (IRSNB) et Dominique Genty du CNRS, avec le soutien logistique de la Société spéléo-archéologique de Caussade, présidée par Michel Soulier. UMR5199 DE LA PREHISTOIRE A L'ACTUEL : CULTURE, ENVIRONNEMENT ET ANTHROPOLOGIE ,UMR8212 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement  20160048_0007
Bruniquel Cave © Michel Soulier - SSAC/Nature, Jaubert et al New dating evidence has confirmed that Neanderthal man made their way deep into caves in ...

News: Showcaves Closed To Cavers In Protest Against BCA CroW Campaign

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Cathedral Cave, Dan Yr Ogof. Photography by GeoPictures.net Statement from the Association of British and Irish Showcaves. The Association of British and Irish Showcaves ( ...

News: Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Gets Funds Boost

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Photo courtesy of Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue The Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team has been saving lives above and below ground for over 67 years ...

News: Cwmystwyth Mine works – Phase 1 completed

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Cwmystwyth Mine. The site of 2016 stabilisation works before remediation by Cambrian Mines Trust. Photo: Roy Fellows Roy Fellows reports another completed stage in the ...

Update: Still time to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

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Back in April we reported that Tom Lord was inviting people to join the upcoming excavation of Haggs Brow Cave, at Lower Winskill near Settle ...