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…

Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

We reported on 24 November 2015 about the legal action threatened by cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the landowner concerning their claim to have access rights to Drws Cefn under the CRoW legislation. In the latest development in this long-running issue, their solicitors have now been sent a…

Rescue: CRO assist after flooding delays ambulance

Rescue: CRO assist after flooding delays ambulance

The Cave Rescue Organisation responded to a call from North West Ambulance Service unable to reach Dent to attend to a wheelchair user, upstairs and needing hospital treatment. CRO attended and following assessment by a team doctor, the patient was carried and wheeled to a Yorkshire Ambulance Service road ambulance for transport on to hospital. This was…

News: Descent 247 now available

News: Descent 247 now available

Wild Places Publishing have just announced that Descent 247 is now available featuring articles covering changing attitudes to cleaning caves, photography from the Third International Meeting of Cave photographers, news of the breakthrough of Home Close Hole into Wigmore Swallet and much more including the publication of the new survey of OFD. The cover price…

News: Earby Pothole Club looking for ex members to help celebrate 70 years

News: Earby Pothole Club looking for ex members to help celebrate 70 years

  Please note the date of the Earby dinner has changed to the 13th February 2016. With the end 2015 fast approaching the Earby Pothole Club will soon enter their 71st year, and are planning a club dinner to celebrate seven decades of exploration. The event takes place on 13th February 2016 from 6.30pm at the Craven Arms in Settle….