Access and Conservation

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

Laura Rawlings
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 ...
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News: BCA Publishes Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

After several years of work by the Conservation & Access Committee, BCA has now published its Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines. This takes the form of ...
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News: Showcaves Closed To Cavers In Protest Against BCA CroW Campaign

Statement from the Association of British and Irish Showcaves. The Association of British and Irish Showcaves ( ABIS ) is the lead body representing all ...
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News: Cwmystwyth Mine works – Phase 1 completed

Roy Fellows reports another completed stage in the stabilisation program in Cwmystwyth Mine. The underground works phase 1, support of the stull above the skipway, ...
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Why the BCA should listen to show cave owners.

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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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Access: CRoW update – divisions deepen

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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News: Breakthrough in Tween Twins Hole, Burrington Combe, Somerset

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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News: Hunters Lodge Inn Sink, Somerset, Closed Due To Deliberate Vandalism

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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News: Alyn Gorge Caves – Important advice for North Wales cavers

The following letter has been circulated by Natural Resources Wales for the attention af all cavers and caving clubs active in North Wales, specifically the ...
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Update: Legal action over Drws Cefn entrance draws closer

We brought you news last year about the threat of legal action from cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers and on the responses from both Natural Resources Wales ...
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News: Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter now available

The latest edition of the Cambrian Caving Council Newsletter for January 2016 is now available. The Newsletter contains reports from all over Wales, including a ...
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Reflections on developments in the CRoW debate

More Press coverage A publicised visit by two Members of Parliament to Gaping Ghyll was reported here a few days ago. The press release was ...
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News: MPs visit Gaping Gill

MP visit to Gaping Gill
Report by David Rose TWO Conservative MPs and a leading QC have paid a visit to Britain’s highest waterfall – the mighty cascade that tumbles ...
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Update: Drws Cefn and Ogof Draenen – landowners’ reaction

The landowners who own access to the UK's second longest cave, Ogof Draenan, have made it clear that they won't be bullied by threats of legal ...
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Update: More news on Drws Cefn legal threats

We reported on 24 November 2015 about the legal action threatened by cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers against Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the ...
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News: Cavers Threaten Legal Proceedings Against Landowners

Cavers Stuart France and Nigel Rogers are involved in the on-going dispute over closing or gating the Drws Cefn entrance to Ogof Draenen in South ...
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