Caving News

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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Latest advice on caving under COVID-19 from BCA and SUI June 29th

The British Caving Association (BCA) and the Speleological Union of Ireland (SUI) have issued more advice about how to make a safe return to caving ...
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Latest COVID-19 updates from the UK and Ireland June 19th

In the UK, the British Caving Association (BCA) has issued clubs with some guidance on cleaning tackle. As yet it's not known how - if ...
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Travel to Mars with Descent 274 …

Descent 274 has now arrived! This is the second copy to appear since lockdown so as can be imagined recent exploration doesn't figure highly but ...
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Descent 274 coming soon with surveying, science and more!

As lockdown restrictions continue, settle down in your favourite armchair with some reading material instead. It’s the next best thing to actually going caving, and ...
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Review: Journeys Beneath the Earth, The Autobiography of a Cave Explorer

Dave William Gill (not to be confused with Dave ‘Icarus’ Gill) will be known to many cavers in this country – and abroad – as ...
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Review: Yorkshire Caves and Potholes

As I type, the Craven Pothole Club (CPC) is well into its 91st year. The founder member in September 1929 was Albert Mitchell, FRGS, who ...
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Review: One Thousand Metres Down

It is impossible to either ignore or underrate this fine book, which is part of my triumvirate of classic cave writing dating from the 1950s, ...
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Cavers propose changes to BCA

Recently cavers across the UK, as members of the British Caving Association, will have been aware of changes to the way the association is governed, ...
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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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Descent 273 – what to do when you can’t go caving

Descent 273 has now arrived! If a copy hasn’t reached you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if you’re ...
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COVID-19 Crisis – What’s closed or cancelled?

UPDATED 3rd April 2020 NATIONAL RULES RESTRICTING MOVEMENT With the rapidly developing situation and the instructions issued by the Government now being enforced by civil ...
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Coming soon in Decent 273 – why some cave tourists got an eyeful!

As we enter interesting times across the country, you can still lose yourself in underground worlds by making sure you get your copy of Descent ...
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Using dental wear to estimate age at death – work on cave archaeology

Sammy Field, from the University of Southampton, visited the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society's collections as a PhD researcher to collect data for her thesis, ...
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BCA Newsletter now available

The BCA Newsletter 37 - February 2020 is now available. Editor David Rose has put out a bumper edition which is both visually attractive, thanks ...
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Deep, dark and pretty – caves in the latest issue of Descent!

Descent 272 has now arrived! If a copy hasn’t reached you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if you’re ...
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Somerset Underground – Volume One. Book Launch

The Mendip Cave Registry and Archive (MCRA) are pleased to announce the launch of Volume 1 of ‘Somerset Underground’, at the Hunters’ Lodge Inn at ...
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In the news…

In a new feature for 2020, we're now bringing you a round-up of some of the news and views from around the world. Where multiple ...
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Descent 272 coming soon!

Happy New Year to everyone! To celebrate, we have a brand-new photo montage for you featuring the anniversary set of all six Descent covers from ...
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Skulls, bats and MBEs – here’s the latest issue of Descent!

Descent 271 has now arrived! If a copy hasn’t reached you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if you’re ...
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Settle down to host historic graffiti and protection marks field meeting

Introducing guidelines and a standing recording method is one of the aims of next May's BCRA cave archaeology field meeting. It will take place from 8th ...
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BCRA newsletter December 2019

In this newsletter ... Latest periodicals now online: CREG Journal 107 is now available online and can be viewed and downloaded by members. This has ...
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Descent 271 coming soon …

Descent 271 is about to be posted so to make sure you get your copy take a moment to check whether your subscription is up ...
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BCRA newsletter November 2019

In this newsletter ... Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales - volume 2 This book has now been reduced in price to £25. It ...
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Newsflash: Water release in the Mellte River affecting Porth yr Ogof starting on 1st November 2019

Due to the large volume of recent rainfall in the region, information has been received from Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that a planned release of water ...
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Brits showcase their exploits at home and abroad in the latest Descent

Descent 270 has now arrived! If a copy hasn’t reached you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if you’re ...
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Cannibals, caves and climate change

In 2019, The University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS), one of the oldest caving clubs in the country, celebrates 100 years of cave and archaeological ...
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Descent 270 coming soon

Descent 270 is about to be posted so to make sure you get your copy take a moment to check whether your subscription is up ...
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Event: BCRA Cave Science Symposium at Creswell Crags, 19th and 20th October 2019

The British Cave Research Association is pleased to announce details of the 30th Annual Cave Science Symposium. The Symposium will be hosted by Dr. Andy ...
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