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Hi everyone - We need your help!

As part of your caving trips in SSSI cave and mine systems in the White Peak, in the next year of so, we are asking whether you can help us check their condition and take note of any damage. Their condition needs to be assessed for Natural England at 5 yearly intervals and is required now. Natural England in return for our service provides necessary funding for conservation, repair and clean up work to caves/mines and their entrances and many of you may have already been involved in some of Pete Knight’s conservation projects that have tapped into this funding.

Monitoring forms (surveys) are available to download from the DCA website see SSSI's in the White Peak. You can locate features to assess and whether important cave features like sediment sequences (CSS) i.e. mud, or the cave passage morphology CPM (rock), or minerals (M) have been damaged or not. Some systems have been checked already and an indication of their monitoring status is shown on the DCA website. https://thedca.org.uk/sssi-monitoring/sssi.

Historically, in order to help look after and monitor our caves and save time, caving clubs/individuals have adopted cave areas but it’s not just down to those clubs and their members, everyone and anyone can monitor part or whole of a SSSI cave/mine system and any any level of contribution gratefully received:- Cave SSSI areas (individual caves are listed under these on the website):-

  • Castleton -TSG
  • Bradwell Dale - Eldon PC
  • Hamps & Manifold valleys - individual
  • Lathkill Dale - Orpheus
  • Masson Hill - Masson CG
  • Poole's Cavern -individual/owner
  • Stoney Middleton Dale - individual
  • Upper Lathkill Dale - Orpheus

Many thanks and looking forward to receiving forms!

Best wishes

Christine Wilson
DCA Conservation Officer
DCA Conservation and Access Team

The new owners of the New Bath Hotel are installing "No Parking" notices on the overflow parking spot. This is not aimed at cavers but the general public who are using this space for BBQ’s, leaving rubbish, etc. Cavers are informally advised to avoid this parking area for a few weeks until it calms down and then the hotel will issue a temporary permit for cavers to collect from reception

Please take note of this and if you really must use this parking area in the next few weeks, please go and ask at the hotel reception.

Pete Knight, DCA Projects / PICA

The latest issue of 'The Derbyshire Caver' now available online and in colour.

From the Peak Cavern key holders

We have had a report that the bung ladder may be damaged and unusable and people should plan their trips accordingly. The bottom two rungs are missing and until the water levels recede it is difficult to determine the stability of the remaining rungs.

We are closely monitoring the water levels and will do our best to get accurate and up to date information on the condition of the ladder as soon as it is available.

You can still safely visit either end of the Bung ladder by whatever route you choose to get there.

The lastest DCA Information Circular is now available, as are the minutes for the DCA AGM and Council meetings held on the 24th February.