Review: Cave and Karst Science, April 2018 Issue

Review: Cave and Karst Science, April 2018 Issue

The April 2018 issue of Caves and Karst Science is now available. Volume 45, Number 1 carries six main articles, starting with an appreciation of Dr Trevor R Shaw, speleo-historian extraordinaire, to celebrate his 90th birthday. There are contributions from many of his friends, including those from the Karst Research Institute in Postojna, Slovenia, with…

News: Cheddar Gorge Extreme Spring Clean

News: Cheddar Gorge Extreme Spring Clean

A team of rope access technicians are undertaking a radical spring clean at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. A total of 15 specialists are taking part in the £100,000 programme which aims to clear loose rock, vegetation and invasive plant and tree species from the gorge. The six-week programme will involve around 37,500 square metres of…

News: DNA Research Reveals More About 10,000-Year-Old Cheddar Man

News: DNA Research Reveals More About 10,000-Year-Old Cheddar Man

DNA work carried out by researchers from the Natural History Museum (NHM) and University College London (UCL) has shed new light on Cheddar Man, a skeleton discovered 103 years ago in Gough’s Cave, Somerset. Specialists from the NHM have succeeded in extracting viable DNA from the 10,000 year-old-skeleton, a first for a British individual of…

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC).

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC).

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC). There is a new entrance to Ogof Draenen, excavated within a Scheduled Monument. Following recent publicity, it has come to our attention that some cavers are contacting Cadw to question the closure of Twll Du. Cadw’s position in…

News: Playing with Time, An Art Installation at Wells and Mendip Museum, Somerset

News: Playing with Time, An Art Installation at Wells and Mendip Museum, Somerset

Wells and Mendip Museum is hosting a stunning exhibition featuring the work of artist and film maker Sean Harris. ‘Playing with Time (Or a Concise History of Truth)’ is a stunning animated installation inspired by the museum’s cave paleontology collections. The art installation, fittingly housed in the Balch Room at the museum, explores the thinking…

Newsflash: Possible Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 21st October 2017

Newsflash: Possible Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 21st October 2017

Information has just been received from Terry Northam at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that due to a severe weather warning forecast for Saturday 21st October, they may need to release water to control the levels in the reservoir. The situation will be monitored and a decision will be taken based on the rainfall. For safety reasons,…

Event: The 11th Balkan Caving Camp, 28th August to 3rd September 2017

Event: The 11th Balkan Caving Camp, 28th August to 3rd September 2017

The Hellenic Federation of Speleology has invited all cavers to join them in the 11th Balkan Caving Camp. The event is being held from August 28th to September 3rd 2017 in Leonidio in the Peloponnese in Greece and is being organized by the Hellenic Federation of Speleology together with the Balkan Speleological Union. The registration…

News: ‘Stories In Stone’ – Conservation Work in the Yorkshire Dales

News: ‘Stories In Stone’ – Conservation Work in the Yorkshire Dales

CNCC’s Cave Conservation Volunteers have been hard at work in the Ingleborough area during the last 18 months. A total of 78 individual volunteers have contributed to 11 separate conservation projects. These varied from cave graffiti removal, entrance rebuilding, tree planting, backfilling abandoned digs, clearance of farm waste from shakeholes, scrap metal hauling from -100m,…

News: Speleo Film Festival 2017

News: Speleo Film Festival 2017

 SPELEO FILM FESTIVAL – Karlovac, September 23th, 2017. Your story…Your script…Your cave…Your choice… All cavers are welcome! The festival will be showing films created by cavers from all around the world. Don’t be shy, join in. The festival organization committee is pleased to invite speleologists, mountaineers, biologists, geologists, ecologists and everyone who shares our enthusiasm…

Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 29th and 30th July 2017

Newsflash: Water Release in the Mellte River Affecting Porth yr Ogof on 29th and 30th July 2017

Information has just been received from Nathan Walding at Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that due to rainfall experienced yesterday and that forecast over the coming weekend, in particular tonight, they need increase releases out of Ystradfellte reservoir today for to Dam Safety reasons associated with their spillway work. They intend to keep this to a small…

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…