News: Cambrian Mines Trust To Host NAMHO 2019

News: Cambrian Mines Trust To Host NAMHO 2019

Cambrian Mines Trust will be hosting the NAMHO 2019 event in association with Dr Peter Claughton as lecture programme organiser. Peter has extensive experience in organising events and the trust is extremely grateful for his expertise. Cave Access Ltd will be providing access to mines on land owned by the Welsh Government. The theme of…

Earby Pothole Club on bikes for charity!

Earby Pothole Club on bikes for charity!

September 30th will see members of the Earby Pothole Club joining friends to raise money for the Preston based Specialist Mobility Rehabilation Centre (SMRC) in a ride that starts in Preston, stopping overnight in Clapham in Yorkshire before returning the following day. SMRC is part of Lancashire NHS and donations will go to a trust…

Do BCA have your email address?

Do BCA have your email address?

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 with building their database of members email addresses and getting permission to email members. BCA is a separate organisation to your club so even if your club has passed on your email address…

Notice: 27th British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium

Notice: 27th British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium

27th British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium, Saturday 22nd October, 2016 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Call for Abstracts The response to the first call for abstracts has been very positive and it already looks like we will have a fascinating collection of talks on archaeology, biospeleology and hydrology. We still welcome…

News: Tratman Award 2015

News: Tratman Award 2015

The Tratman Award, 2015 The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978. It covers books, journals and articles published in a calendar year and is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, but judged by independent cavers; for 2015 these were…

News: An invitation to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

News: An invitation to join cave excavations at Lower Winskill

Photos and article courtesy of Tom Lord The first phase of excavations at Haggs Brow Cave, Lower Winskill http://www.lowerwinskill.co.uk/  will take place from Friday 20th May to Tuesday 31st May. Haggs Brow Cave is located on the Haggs, an area of former managed woodland or wood pasture at Lower Winskill Farm, near Settle. The cave…

Update: Legal action over Drws Cefn entrance draws closer

Update: Legal action over Drws Cefn entrance draws closer

We brought you news last year about the threat of legal action from cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers and on the responses from both Natural Resources Wales and Drws Cefn landowner Pwlldu Conservation Limited. We understand in the latest development in this long running saga Stuart France has now issued a pre-action letter via his solicitors to Natural Resources Wales advising…

Caption Competition – an apology!

Caption Competition – an apology!

We’d like to extend an apology to anyone who has already entered the current Darkness Below Caption Competition as we have lost your details and entry! If you get chance please could you resend your entry to admin@darknessbelow.co.uk Unfortunately following a complete hard drive failure earlier this week we have lost all the emails from…

Rescue: Bristows make substantial donation to CRO

Rescue: Bristows make substantial donation to CRO

Back in November we reported that a the Cave Rescue Organisation had assisted in the recovery of one of Bristows new search and rescue helicopters, after it developed mechanical failure whilst attempting to take off in poor weather on Ingleborough. The Cave Rescue Organisation has now announced a big “Thank You” to Bristows Helicopters after the company…

News: St Cuthbert’s Reopened and Water Level Warning

News: St Cuthbert’s Reopened and Water Level Warning

We reported in November that St. Cuthbert’s Swallet, on Mendip had been closed due to instability in the entrance series Happily we can now report that the necessary remedial work has taken place and that the cave has now been reopened by the BEC. However, Hannah Bennett, the BEC’s Caving Secretary notes that: “… water…