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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 full programme of lectures and field trips for the 2016 NAMHO conference has now ben published. The National Association of Mining History Organisations is ...
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One of the pleasures I get from being involved in the underground exploration of old mine workings is discovering that there is often just as ...
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Photography by GeoPictures.net
A recent article in Descent based on a letter from Ashford Price, member of the Association of British and Irish Show Caves (ABIS), expresses the Associations ...
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The issue of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 continues to divide the caving community. As we reported early in January, Tim Allen ...
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The Wet Cascade into the beginning of the Grand Gallery
Story and photos courtesy of Howard Beck - www.howardmbeck.co.uk Not every day is it that the average person is given opportunity to walk where no ...
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Descent 249 is now available! Catch up with caving and mining news from around the regions. Features in this issue include: a fascinating article on ...
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Anyone thinking of heading up to Littondale over the next five weeks is likely to face road works from 4th April to 13th May according ...
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Roy Fellows reports that his hard work stabilising Allt-y-Crib (Talybont) Mine is now completed. This project featured briefly on Darkness Below in January this year. Roy has ...
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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 ...
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A bear bone found nearly 100 years ago in a cave in Co. Clare, Ireland has provided evidence enabling archaeologist Dr Marion Dowd to re-write ...
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A major breakthrough has been made in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset. Darkness Below has received the following report from the diggers: After many ...
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Descent 248 is still available! Catch up with caving news from around the regions. Available from Wild Places Publishing ...
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A report has just been received by Darkness Below of deliberate vandalism to Hunters Lodge Inn Sink on Mendip. We are sad to report that ...
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Darkness Below has received a report on the recent Southern CHECC 2016, held in the Mendips on the 4th-6th of March. Firstly, a massive thank ...
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The National Trust is offering guided tours of the surface remains of Force Crag Mine, worked for zinc and barite, high in the Lake District ...
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In the March 2016 NAMHO newsletter, the headline story is, understandably, the closure of Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Britain, which took ...
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Ireland has long been a popular destination for cavers the world over. But there is much more to Irish caves than simply their sporting interest ...
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Last call for anyone interested in signing up for training at the Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs' Southern event taking place on Mendip this ...
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