Event: Symposium “To know and share caves and karst – understanding, conservation and geotourism”

Event: Symposium “To know and share caves and karst – understanding, conservation and geotourism”

The Grand Project – The Pont d’Arc Cavern – Syndicat Mixte is pleased to announce that the 1st Symposium “To know and share caves and karst – Understanding, conservation and geotourism” will be held in Ardèche (South of France) from March 6 – 9th, 2018. Caves and karst are specific ecosystems that represent important environmental…

Event: BCRA Cave Science Symposium, 21st and 22nd October 2017

Event: BCRA Cave Science Symposium, 21st and 22nd October 2017

British Cave Research Association, 28th Cave Science Symposium hosted jointly with the Yorkshire Geological Society and Leeds Geological Association Symposium – Saturday 21st October, 2017 Field-trip(s) – Sunday 22nd October, 2017 School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds SECOND CIRCULAR & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 1st July, 2017 The British Cave Research Association, Yorkshire Geological…

Cambrian Caving Council Open Meeting on the Welsh Goverment’s Consultation on Management of Natural Resources

Cambrian Caving Council Open Meeting on the Welsh Goverment’s Consultation on Management of Natural Resources

The Welsh Government has produced a consultation document entitled Taking Forward Wales’ Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. The overview states that the government’s intention is to consult on a number of proposals, which seek to further deliver their commitment to managing their natural resources more sustainably to deliver lasting economic, social and cultural, as well…

Book Review: The White Road

Book Review: The White Road

Simon Newman would be the first to admit that a bad fall eight years ago, climbing in Wales, gave his confidence, as well as his body, a bad knock. But that doesn’t stop him from planning a clandestine trip into a Welsh cave that has been closed since the deaths of three cavers there in…

Descent 256 Coming Soon!

Descent 256 Coming Soon!

Descent 256 is on its way! Make sure your subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out on all the latest caving and mining news from around the regions! In the new issue, Hazel Barton continues her series on how microbes have helped to shape the passages we traverse, using sometimes unexpected food…

News: Researchers Extract Human DNA From Cave Sediments

News: Researchers Extract Human DNA From Cave Sediments

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany have developed a new method of retrieving hominin DNA from sediments, even in the absence of skeletal remains. In comparison with the amount of human-made tools and other artefacts available, skeletal remains of ancient humans and their ancestors are comparatively scarce and where such remains do…

Cave Archaeology in North Wales – the last few years

Cave Archaeology in North Wales – the last few years

The bone caves of north Wales have received increased attention from archaeologists in recent years. Excavations have taken place at Llanarmon Cave (Llanarmon-yn-ial) and Ffynnon Bueno Cave (Tremeirchion) by Rob Dinnis, then of the British Museum, and his team. John Blore issued his final report on his fifty years work at Lynx Cave (near Eryrys),…

Coming Soon…. Adventures Underground

Coming Soon…. Adventures Underground

Inspired by the 1952 caving classic Underground Adventures by Arthur Gemmell and Jack Myers, Dave Haigh and John Cordingley have resumed the tale of cave exploration in the Yorkshire Dales and will take their readers on a journey of exploration, capturing the thrill of discovery, the highs and lows of success and failure underground, and…

News: BCRA 28th Cave Science Symposium, 21st and 22nd October 2017

News: BCRA 28th Cave Science Symposium, 21st and 22nd October 2017

The British Cave Research Association, Yorkshire Geological Society, and Leeds Geological Association are pleased to announce details of the 28th Annual Cave Science Symposium and associated field-trip. The Symposium will be hosted by Prof. Simon Bottrell and Dr. Phillip Murphy of the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, on Saturday 21st October, 2017….

News: Registration Opens for the Gouffre Berger 2017 Clean Up

News: Registration Opens for the Gouffre Berger 2017 Clean Up

  Cavers from all Fédération Spéléologique Européenne member countries are invited to participate in the international event “BERGER 2017”, a clean up of the Gouffre Berger in France, taking place between 1st and 15th August 2017. More Information and details of how to register can be found here and ongoing information can be found at the Berger…

Descent 254 Coming Soon!

Descent 254 Coming Soon!

Coming soon – Descent 254 The latest edition of the caving magazine Descent will be soon be available! Have you remembered to renew your subscription? If not, get in quick so you don’t miss out on the latest caving and mining news. The forthcoming issue will be packed with articles and reports including the story…

News: Eli Simpson Archive Online

News: Eli Simpson Archive Online

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has recently made available online the first part of the Eli Simpson Archive, an extensive collection of material covering caves and caving in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The archive was compiled by Eli Simpson (1884–1962), the founder of the British Speleological Association (now the British Cave Research Association (BCRA)), with contributions…

News: Descent 253 Now Available

News: Descent 253 Now Available

The latest edition of Descent is now available and comes packed with an extra eight pages of articles and caving news from around the world. The latest Newsdesk spread contains such fascinating snippets such as the fact speleothems could possibly contain records of ancient fires, and that palaeolithic cave art provides a possible clue to…

The British Caving Library

The British Caving Library

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 librarian. The library mostly comprises published and archived material collected by BCRA and its predecessor organisations, with a minority of the items on long-term loan from clubs and individuals.  The…

News: Stunning New Discoveries in Bruniquel Cave

News: Stunning New Discoveries in Bruniquel Cave

New dating evidence has confirmed that Neanderthal man made their way deep into caves in France and created complex structures from broken stalagmites and stalactites. Bruniquel cave in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of southern France was discovered and first explored in 1990. A challenging 30m entrance series leads to larger, well-decorated passages containing animal bones and…