Use of White Fathers cave

A report is currently being compiled for Cavan County Council as part on the Geopark programme for the conservation of White Fathers cave at Loughan House near Blacklion. The conservation plan is directed to establishing baseline conservation parameters, current levels of usage of the caves and establishing research areas to ensure that the environmental interest in the caves is maintained and protected. Areas to be addressed will include the integrity of the site, potentially impacting surface activities, Daubentons’ and other bat populations, water quality etc. The authors of the reports wish to stress that access to the cave for cavers will not be restricted but wanted to get an idea of usage.

To that end, if cavers could please reply to and let me know the frequency of trips and caver numbers as soon as possible as the reporting date is quite soon.

SUI announce “Kozlowski Exploration Fund”

Coinciding with Artur Kozlowski’s first anniversary, SUI are announcing the setting up of a fund to help Irish cavers looking for new caves in Ireland. In his few years as a caver in Ireland Artur contributed greatly to increasing our knowledge of the Irish underground world both by his own explorations and his enthusiasm and drive. This fund will offer small contributions to original speleological exploration work for members of SUI in Ireland. Applications can be made to, and will be adjudicated by the expedition sub committee. Further details will be announced at SUICRO 2012