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BCA AGM details and your chance to stand as a group representative on Council

The BCA AGM is taking place on Sunday 11th October from 10.30 am on Zoom. The details of how to register to attend and speak ...
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Descent 276 is coming soon with porcupines and maybe even dragons …

Descent 276 will be on its way soon, and although caving is slowly getting underway again, things are certainly not back to pre-covid levels, so ...
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Delayed 2020 BCA AGM announcement

A new date has now been scheduled for the BCA's delayed annual general meeting – 11th October 2020. It was originally scheduled to take place ...
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BCRA Cave Science Symposium, Saturday November 14 2020

The next BCRA Cave Science Symposium will take place on Saturday November 14th 2020 using an online portal. The meeting will be hosted by Professor ...
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Cave and Karst Science Vol 47 No 2: The Greenland Caves Project

The latest edition of the BCRA's journal Cave and Karst Science is wholly dedicated to the reports from the 2019 Greenland Caves Project 2019 expedition ...
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Descent 275 – Old discoveries and new from India to the North Yorks Moors.

Descent 275 is now with us. Yet another issue compiled during this plague year, but still packed with interesting and informative material - and there ...
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Book review: Somerset Underground volume 2

This is the second volume of a planned four volume set covering the caves, mines and associated features of the county of Somerset. Volume 1 ...
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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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Caves-of-Mid-West-Ireland
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Naughty boys, grand follies, an underground control centre for a railway and a Quaker congregation falling through the floor into the cellar ... Peter Burgess ...
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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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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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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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Following the recent resignation of Matt Ewles as Secretary of the British Caving Association, we are very pleased to inform our readers that a keen ...
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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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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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The new guidelines introduced this week make it clear that the roads and fells are open and so are most caves, but the suggestion is ...
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The Wells and Mendip Museum has a long and fruitful relationship with the caving community. The late Herbert E Balch, arguably Mendip's most famous original ...
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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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When we at DB Towers received our copy of Robin Taviner's Somerset Underground Volume 1, we were intrigued to learn that one site that he ...
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