News from The BCA
Check out what we've been up to recently at the BCA. If you have something that you'd like to share with the membership then please get in touch.
In early 2020 a proposal from the Youth & Development group resulted in the BCA providing funding to the Yorkshire Dales Guides Adventure Academy, a not-for profit scheme aimed at young people in the Yorkshire Dales. The project would take keen young people from the area, and give them not only the opportunity to start […]
Our friends at the Cambrian Caving Council and QMC have brought this to our attention. It impacts what goes on in the outdoor sector in Wales. You can find out more here
The IUCN Bat Specialist group has produced some guidance for cavers, bat handlers, and underground workers on contact with bats during the pandemic. This is a living document so will be updated regularly. We should note here – this guidance is to protect bats from cavers who might be infected – not the other way […]
In order to give university clubs an opportunity to continue socialising (whilst meeting in person isn’t possible) and to keep fitness and flexibility up, Rob Watson, training officer for CHECC, approached the Youth and Development team requesting funds to provide a series of zoom yoga sessions. Eight sessions have been booked and the first of […]
The Ghar Parau Foundation trustees had a meeting and have agreed that the deadline for funding for Spring Expeditions be moved from 28/2/2021 to 31/3/2021. The main reason for this is the continued uncertainty over foreign travel.
The BCA Demographics report has been uploaded to the website and gives some insight into our membership statistics mainly confirming an old membership profile relative to that of the UK population and that participation among young women is increasing relative to men. It and its recommendations are due to be discussed in the upcoming BCA […]
Great news: the BCA has won its appeal against the refusal of the High Court to grant permission for us to bring a Judicial Review of the Welsh Government’s decision to exclude caving from its Access Reform Group – on the grounds that caving is not covered by the provisions of the CRoW Act 2000. […]
Phillip Dunne MP is introducing the Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill soon, which is designed to pressure water companies to do more to reduce the amounts of sewage they discharge into rivers during combined sewer overflows. This has affected some caves such as Wet Sink/Slaughter Stream cave and is bad for the conservation of our caves, […]
New government restrictions across all four of our home nations have necessitated QMC to review advice to award holders, once again, with regard to work. The overriding message from the government is to ‘stay at home’ and although work is still cited as a reason for travel, most education and training is confined to an […]
So you’re New to Caving? Congratulations! Your spirit of adventure is strong and you can look forward to your first adventures underground… If you’re interested in Caving, and would like to learn more or give it a try, then why not check out NewToCaving.com? The BCA runs NewToCaving.com as a resource for new cavers and […]