CAVE CONSERVATION CODE
Caves are a special and rare environment, some more so than others, and parts of some more so than others.
Active stream passages and potholes with fast moving water may have very little that can be accidentally damaged by the passage of a caver.
On the other hand, fossil cave passages where streams never flow are likely to contain all sorts of delicate remains that could be easily damaged by the passage of a single thoughtless caver. Where there is a risk of accidental damage, whilst passing delicate straw stalactites or sand banks, approaching close to a crystal pools, for example, you should slow down, look carefully around you and take extreme care.
All these features are easily damaged and cannot be repaired. The following
is a carefully considered CODE intended to minimise damage to caves.
1 CAVE WITH CAUTION and WITHIN YOUR OWN ABILITY and EXPERIENCE
2 KEEP PARTY SIZE appropriate to the particular
cave that you are visiting.
3 OBSERVE and KEEP TO TAPED ROUTES
4 DO NOT TOUCH FORMATIONS OR OTHER DELICATE ITEMS
5 KEEP AWAY FROM BATS OR OTHER LIFE
6 NEVER DIG WITHOUT PROPER CONSENT
7 NEVER INTERFERE WITH SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT
8 LEAVE NO LITTER OR POLLUTION
9 TAKE NOTHING OUT OF A CAVE
10 TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS WITH CARE
See www.british-caving.org.uk for details of Regional Councils and BCA Officers.
Do You Have Permission to Visit The Cave? Caves and their entrances are all
owned by somebody.
Thanks ~ Bernie Woodley, Dec 2013
For more information contact SWCC