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),…

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…

Incident 6/2017 – Jan 21st Sat. 10.15 – Scar Top, nr. Giggleswick, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

Incident 6/2017 – Jan 21st Sat. 10.15 – Scar Top, nr. Giggleswick, North Yorkshire – Animal Rescue.

The team were called by North Yorkshire Police to go to the aid of a sheep which had been crag fast for over 36 hours. The sheep was located on a narrow ledge approximately 10m above ground level. A team member descended by rope to the ledge from above, and the sheep was ‘encouraged’ to retrace its route up a narrow cleft to the field above. Volunteer hours: 4

News: University of Bristol Carbon-Dating Facility

News: University of Bristol Carbon-Dating Facility

In November 2015, the University of Bristol unveiled the brand new Bristol Radiocarbon Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (BRAMS). This instrument is based on one of the new generation of ultra-compact high-precision AMS instruments and will be used for 14C analysis in environmental, archaeological and palaeoenvironmental research. The term ultra-compact is relative, as the instrument weighs 4.5 metric…

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…

Incident 86/2016 – Oct. 22nd Sat. 19.24 – Wretched Rabbit, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Incident 86/2016 – Oct. 22nd Sat. 19.24 – Wretched Rabbit, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Cumbria Police contacted the team when a caver at Bull Pot Farm reported a caver (m,78) was apparently 2 hours over his due return time from a trip to Wretched Rabbit. The caller confirmed his car was still at Bull Pot. A vehicles and initial party of 6 team members were mobilised, whilst members of Red Rose Caving club went with the ‘grab bag’ (left for such incidents at Bull…

Oct. 11th Tue. 20.28 – Ireby Fell Cavern, Ireby Fell, Lancashire – Alert only.

Oct. 11th Tue. 20.28 – Ireby Fell Cavern, Ireby Fell, Lancashire – Alert only.

Two cavers (m) were reported overdue from a trip to Ireby Fell Cavern, understood to have begun at 1100. As initial inquiries were being made, the whole team were placed on standby, and a team member sent to check whether their car was at the expected parking point. As the team member arrived, he found the two cavers just changing out of caving gear. They had started their trip later…

Incident 81/2016 – Sep. 25th Sun. 15.24 – Peterson Pot, Leck Fell, Lancashire – Cave Rescue.

Incident 81/2016 – Sep. 25th Sun. 15.24 – Peterson Pot, Leck Fell, Lancashire – Cave Rescue.

A caver (m,21) was exhausted at the far side of Roly-poly Passage and was unable to exit the pot. CRO teams entered the top of the system from Peterson Pot and the bottom through Mistral Hole. The caver was found at Skydive Drop and was assisted / escorted to the surface via Mistral Hole at 20.30 hrs. Thanks to the six ‘co-opted cavers’ who assisted the 18 CRO members. Volunteer…

Incident 70/2016 – Aug. 28th Sun. 01.18 – Lancaster Hole, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Incident 70/2016 – Aug. 28th Sun. 01.18 – Lancaster Hole, Easegill, Cumbria – Cave Rescue.

Three cavers (m, 24; f, 24, m, 24) were reported overdue on a through trip from Top Sink to Lancaster Hole. They had made only slow progress and became lost, eventually deciding to await rescue near Stop Pot. Mixed teams of CRO and Red Rose Cave & Pot-hole Club members began searching the system and located the missing party at about 04.20. All were guided safely to Lancaster Hole, to…

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

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

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. The cave has a long and interesting history. It was first been descended in July 1669 by Captain Samuel Sturmy, a local mariner, accompanied by a miner. It was eventually…

New Website : Northern Mine Research Society

New Website : Northern Mine Research Society

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 what you do, and to encourage others to get involved. The Northern Mine Research Society has recently introduced a radically improved website. In the course of reviewing it for this…

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…