Conservation & Access - News

Forest of Dean

The prohibition of caving n the New Forest (100 of St Briavels) has been lifted as of 1st September. Apply for permits here: Info at

Will Burn C&A Convenor - September 2020

Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

These guidelines are now available as a 10 page printed leaflet. They are ideal for distribution with club welcome packs, at club huts, cavers pubs and shops. If you would like a pack of leaflets contact me via

Andrew Hinde. BCA C&A Convenor - October 2018

Caving Code

Our new Caving Code is now available for download.

15 June 2016

Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines

The new Minimal Impact Caving Guidelines is now available for download.

Damian Weare (BCA Secretary) 25 May 2016

News on CRoW & Caving

On 8 September BCA’s Chairman, Andy Eavis, had an initial exploratory meeting with representatives from DEFRA and Natural England. This was informal in nature with plenty of common ground in evidence and all parties expressing a willingness to meet again in the future. There was also a general request that all communication with the Bodies be channeled through BCA. It is clear that BCA now needs to develop an official policy on CRoW and a route to achieving this will be addressed by the October meeting of BCA’s Council.

Damian Weare (BCA Secretary), 17 September 2014

UPDATE The BCA CRoW Policy Document was approved at the 2018 AGM. Andrew Hinde ( BCA C&A Convenor ), October 2018

Note from BCA Secretary following C&A Meeting on CRoW:

Thank you to all who took the time to contribute, either in person or by written submission, to today’s Conservation & Access Committee meeting.

BCA Executive will now be seeking a meeting with Natural England to ask it to consider its advice on the CRoW Act and its application to caving. It is hoped that this will take place in the coming weeks. There was also an extremely useful discussion about the best ways to conserve our caves and following on from this Andrew Hinde, BCA’s Conservation and Access Officer, will now lead on a review of all BCA’s current conservation documentation. The Committee will also move forward with a number of new conservation initiatives. Further details will be published in the draft Minutes which will be available as soon as possible (but not realistically for at least a couple of weeks).

On behalf of BCA, I would like to thank everyone at today's meeting for their extremely constructive approach.

Damian Weare (BCA Secretary) 16/08/14

Public Rights of Way Used for Access to Caves

An Advice Note has been published jointly by the Conservation & Access and Legal & Insurance Committees on the Public Rights of Way Used for Access to Caves.