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BCRA Newsletter July 2020

In this newsletter... Covid-19 and Caving Periodicals BCRA Science Symposium Cave Biology SIG Cave Studies Booklets 2021: International Year of Caves and Karst BCRA's Facebook ...
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In the news

Here we go with our latest round-up of news and views from around the world. If you see anything you think we might have missed, ...
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Irish caves book wins Tratman award

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A guidebook on Irish caves has won the prestigious Tratman Award for 2019. The Caves of Mid-West Ireland, edited by Graham Mullan on behalf of ...
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Resignations prompt BCA to renew efforts against bullying and call for improved behaviour

Les Williams photo courtesy of Gerik Rhoden
Les Williams has resigned as BCA chair with immediate effect. Phil Rowsell has been co-opted into the role and joins Howard Jones as Treasurer and ...
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Petzl issue rope safety warning

Gear manufacturers Petzl are warning cavers to check their ropes after two critical defects were found on a low-stretch kernmantle rope. A customer unpacking new ...
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Ghar Parau on the lookout for new secretary

The Ghar Parau Foundation is on the lookout for a new secretary to take over from Phil Rowsell. Nick Williams, the interim acting secretary, said: ...
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Descent 275 is coming soon with new discoveries, light painting and more!

As lockdown eases and caving resumes in most places, don’t forget that you can still take a break from the mad scramble to get back ...
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Coronavirus Update from BCA

BCA have issued a new coronavirus update for cavers: BCA notes that travel restrictions across England, Scotland and Wales will, by the 6th July be ...
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South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team issues urgent funding plea

One of the oldest and largest cave rescue teams in the country has put out an urgent plea for fundraising help to modernise important kit ...
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The original Chauvet cave near the small town of Vallon Pont d’Arc in the Ardeche region of France was discovered on 18th December 1994 by ...
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Former doctor Hamish Wolfe is in prison, convicted of the murders of three young women and suspected of the murder of a fourth, and maybe ...
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Descent 254 is now available! The latest issue starts with a three page Newsdesk spread with a quick fire round up of news from around ...
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The Mendip Cave Registry and Archive (MCRA), in conjunction with Wells and Mendip Museum, holds an ever-growing collection of historical films of interest to cavers ...
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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 ...
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Concerns have been raised in the Yorkshire Dales that reports are not being made of possibly loose resin anchors placed under the BCA scheme, following ...
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Most British cavers, and many more around the world, will know or have heard of Robbie Shone and know his work. The National Geographic live ...
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News has reached us that cavers travelling through Dubai airport are having their Li-Ion batteries confiscated. We understand that some travellers have had as many ...
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Coming soon - Descent 254 The latest edition of the caving magazine Descent will be soon be available! Have you remembered to renew your subscription? ...
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The good news is that no animals or humans have been harmed recently, well not for a couple of thousand years in anyway, it's not ...
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Congratulations to the Wessex Cave Club for making their entire back catalogue of journals available online. This is an excellent resource and joins those from ...
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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 ...
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Bookings are now open for the National Association of Mining History Organisations (NAMHO) Conference 2017, to be based around Godstone, Surrey, UK over the weekend ...
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At the CNCC AGM on the 11th March the organisation will for the first time be electing a representative for individual cavers, rather than just ...
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Mendip Cave Registry, Derbyshire Cave Registry and CaveMaps have done a great job of gathering cave data together but not everyone will have realised some ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The 'Chinese Horse', Lascaux IV
Lascaux IV was officially opened on 10th December 2016 by President Hollande of France, in a day of celebrations at the new Centre International de ...
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