Wanted: Cave Spiders!

Manchester Museum’s Department of Zoology are looking for someone willing to look in two Irish caves for samples of a cave spider. The caves are Doolin Cave System (the upstream end at St Catherines 1, Smithy Sink inlet junction with Main Stream) and Mitchelstown Cave. The spider is the cave-restricted Porhomma rosenhaueri. The department are studying Welsh examples of the spider and are interested in obtaining some Irish samples for comparison.

If you can help with this request, please contact Graham Proudlove, the British Cave Research Association Biological Recorder at g.proudlove(at)manchester.ac.uk.

ICRO Communications Course, Co. Clare

There will be a Communications Course on January 30-31st in the Burren Outdoor Education Centre in Clare. Saturday will consist of looking at the different communication systems used by ICRO, their practical applications and correct radio terminology. Sunday will involve a practical, which will most likely take place in one of the ‘problem’ caves in the area.

Please contact the ICRO Training Officer to secure a place.