A cave is one of the most fascinating environments known to man. Each cave is almost a closed world and a clumsy intruder such as man always disturbs it. The slow steady dripping of water, over almost immeasurable time, has produced exquisite but fragile formations. The cave earth is the home for tiny creatures, bats find the cave environment ideal for winter hibernation, whilst various types of flora struggle for existence in the semi-dark zones.
As you walk along you compact the cave earth. Organisms from outside are brought in on your boots and clothing and affect the cave ecosystem. Formations get knocked. The first duty of every caver should be to protect the cave from his or her own actions and to educate others in basic cave conservation.
WATCH THE FLOOR
The cave floor is the most easily damaged part of the cave and requires special attention. Take a close look at the floor and get to know it. Observe the creatures that live on it. Never walk on crystal floors, gours or flowstones. Many mud formations are also unique and should be avoided. Where areas have been taped off never cross or move the tapes.
MIND YOUR HEAD
Stalactites, especially straws, are very brittle and may break at a touch. Special care should be taken to avoid walking into these.
TAKE NOTHING BUT PHOTOGRAPHS
Everything in a cave should be protected. This obviously means formations, cave pearls and all cave life such as spiders and beetles. Not so obviously it also means broken formations, rocks, bones and other naturally occurring items. Any material that you take may remove evidence that a scientist may need to understand the cave.
LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND
Leave no litter, no cigarette ends, no chocolate wrappers, no flash bulbs and no spent carbide. The latter is one of the most difficult things to clear up and should always be removed even in a cave with an active stream. The cardinal rule is to take everything out that you take in.
THE SENSE OF TOUCH
Feeling the texture of the rock can be a rewarding experience. However handling any formation leaves fingerprints which when covered with a new layer of calcite (this may happen in a very short space of time) are preserved for ever. Never give in to the temptation to touch any formation, whether wet or dry.
Caves within the surrounding area include:
|Attborough Swallet (Red Quar) Balch Cave Banwell Ochre Caves Blackmoor Swallet (Stainsby's Shaft) Bone Hole Carcass Cave Chardswell Cave Charterhouse Cave Compton Martin Ochre Mine Coral Cave||Cuckoo Cleeves Five Buddles Sink Flower Pot G.B. Cave Hillier's Cave Hillwithy Cave Longwood Swallet Longwood Valley Sink Loxton Cave Loxton Quarry Cave||Nettle Hole Pinetree Pot Priddy Green Sink Read's Grotto Rhino Rift Singing River Mine Star Shaft Mine Upper Flood Swallet Waterwheel Swallet West Twin Brook Adit|
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