News; June 2015

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News; June 2015

Post by David Gibson » Tue 30 Jun 2015 09:24

In this newsletter...
  • CREG Journal 90 now published
  • CREG field meeting
  • Diary dates - see this forum
  • Exploring the Limestone Landscapes of the Cumbrian Ring
  • BCA's new online newsletter
  • Back-issues of Speleology now online & Speleology update
  • Hidden Earth update
CREG Journal 90 now published
Journal 90 of BCRA's Cave Radio and Electronics Group has now been published and was mailed to subscribers on 27 June. The online version is now available to download. This is free to BCRA members. Non-members will need to purchase an annual CREG login for £4.00. For information please go to

CREG field meeting
The Cave Radio & Electronics Group field meeting will be in Ingleton on 22/23 August. For information, please sign up to the CREG-announce list at or keep an eye on the CREG forum at

Diary dates - see this forum for details
22-23 Aug. Cave Radio & Electronics Group field meeting, Ingleton
25-27 Sept. Hidden Earth. Churchill Academy, Churchill, near Bristol.
31 Oct/1 Nov. Science Symposium & BCRA AGM weekend at Manchester Museum.

Exploring the Limestone Landscapes of the Cumbrian Ring
Apologies for the delay in publication. This book - the latest in our Cave Studies series - should be available some time in July.

BCA's new online newsletter
A reminder: BCA has ceased publication of its paper newsletters and replaced them by an online version. The plan is to issue this newsletter by email, once the infrastructure is in place to do this. Until then, you can read the newsletter at

Back-issues of Speleology now online
Back-issues of Speleology are now available online. Thanks are owed to Adam Walmsley for preparing the contents lists. The remaining contents lists will be available before too long. PLEASE NOTE: To access this online publication you will need a valid BCRA user-id. Non-members can purchase one for £8/month.

I cannot mention Speleology without mentioning the very long delay since an issue was last published. Speleology is a BCRA publication (although it is largely funded by BCA) and BCRA Council will be discussing the subject at the next Council meeting. It is expected that BCRA Council will vote to cease to produce Speleology as a "periodical, for issuing to our members" and will start to investigate how BCRA's needs could be met in other ways. I will report on the outcome of that discussion as soon as possible. For a more detailed discussion, please read the Speleology topic on this Forum.

Hidden Earth
Call for Lectures/Workshops; new online form. This year's lecture secretaries are Paula Grgich-Warke and Emma Porter. Contact details are at This year, there is an online form for you to use to register your interest in giving a lecture or workshop at the event. Go to

Photo and Video Salon updates. There will be some changes to the Photo and Video Salons this year.
  • Photo salon: digital entries must be uploaded in advance. You will not be able to deposit them on the day. Also, as last year, Photo Salon entries must be made in advance this year. There will be no entry on the day.
  • Video Salon: the long (20 minute) competition will not take place. Shorter entries (10 mins) must be entered in advance and the media posted to the co-ordinator two weeks before the event. You will not be able to deposit your entries on the day.
Hidden Earth donation to Ghar Parau Foundation. The Hidden Earth team, can now announce that, from the surplus of the 2013 event, it is able to make a donation to the Ghar Parau Foundation (GPF) of £3000. GPF is a sub-charity of BCRA that distributes grants towards caving expeditions. In due course, some of the surplus from the 2014 event will also be distributed.

David Gibson, BCRA Secretary
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