Welcome to the Peak District SSSI Cave Conservation Monitoring Scheme’s own website.
This site has been set up to facilitate communication between Natural England (formerly English Nature) and Peak District Cavers on the administration of the Scheme, and to enable cavers to have access to the most up to date version of the Monitoring Forms and surveys that are available for cave sites within our seven geological (Cave) SSSIs. It is hoped that the site will further serve to publicise the Scheme and highlight the importance of maintaining up to date records on the condition of our scheduled caves and mines.
Here you can find:-
Cave surveys highlighting areas of particular interest in each cave from a scientific and conservation point of view.
Cave Monitoring Forms for cavers to complete to let us know of the condition of and any changes to the features highlighted on the surveys. (Whether good or bad.)
Any queries relating to any of the Cave Forms or other issues relating to the Peak District SSSI Cave Conservation Monitoring Scheme please contact:
Natural England E-mail: Tel: 01629 812334 Mobile: 07748 883083 Postal address: Dan Abrahams, Natural England Mail Hub, Block B, Whittlington Rd., Worcester
On behalf of the Derbyshire Caving Association conservation team I would
like to thank all those cavers who helped out with the Peak District
SSSI Cave Conservation Monitoring Scheme over the last couple of
years. In recognition of the observations you made during your caving
exploits and the forms you helped fill in and update, Natural England
the statutory body responsible for protecting SSSIs in England under
the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, have awarded you with a
‘Certificate of Recognition !’ (1.3Mb.)
We hope that you will able to continue to help Natural England and their
legal duty in ensuring each of our SSSI caves remain in ‘good and
more details, maps and information on the Peak District’s caves of
Site of Special Scientific Interest please see elsewhere on this web site.
Thanks! Christine Wilson.DCA Assistant Conservation Officer on behalf of Dave Webb DCA Conservation Officer.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK HELPING US MONITOR THE CONDITION OF OUR IMPORTANT CAVE RESOURCE IN DERBYSHIRE -HOWEVER BECAUSE YOU DID SUCH A GOOD JOB THE FIRST TIME – WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN – IF YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED - READ ON.......
Through the excellent work already undertaken by the joint partnership with Derbyshire Caving Association and Natural England, the majority of Derbyshire’s important SSSI underground caves have now had an initial assessment – but we need to continue to have a ‘live record’ of the status of these caves and you can help by the returning the monitoring forms which are provided for free on this website, which enables us to continue to protect and you to continue to enjoy, this valuable underground resource.
In return for your information Natural England are able to provide financial support to DCA which allows them to carry out, not only much needed surface works, but also the acquisition of essential equipment, resulting in benefits for the whole of the caving community in helping to conserve our wonderful systems but ensuring essential works are funded allowing continued safe access. Natural England has a statutory duty to report on the condition of this protected (SSSI) underground resource in Derbyshire Staffordshire many by the end of March 2010- see caves in bold/red on the monitoring area of the website – so please help us by getting those forms returned.......
How you can help:
It’s really important that you return your forms to Dave Webb - DCA his address is on base of forms, or by email-
In return we hope to be able to post on the website those that have been monitored and so you will be able to see your progress.
When taking part in a trip within any of the caves listed on this website ensure you take a form underground with you and post back to Dave ASAP. (We really don’t mind how covered in mud it is!)
Please feel free to make comments on anything you see underground – including suggestions for clean- up work or anything about the features or general environment that you think we should know about.
Thank you for all you good work which will ensure we keep our SSSI caves in good condition and recreational caving safe in Derbyshire.