BCA logoBCRA logo The British Cave Research Association is a UK registered charity, and a constituent body of the British Caving Association, undertaking charitable activities on behalf of BCA.

BCRA's object is to promote the study of caves and associated phenomena. It attains this object by supporting cave & karst research; by encouraging original exploration (both in the UK and on expeditions overseas); by collecting and publishing speleological information; maintaining a library; and organising educational and scientific conferences and meetings.

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Subscribe to our periodicals and buy our publications online on our bookshop page. There is a 20% discount on most items for BCRA members. Most back-issues of our periodicals are available; some are free of charge (plus postage). Members have free access to all our online content.

Membership and Subscriptions


Also see BCRA News Forum and BCRA Newsletters

  • October 2015: Our new book - Exploring the Limestone Landscapes of the Cumbrian Ring is now available. See Bookshop
  • October 2014: New book from William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust - Exploring the Limestones of South Devon. Available from BCRA. See Bookshop
  • 24 Feb 2014: Volume 2 of Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales edited by Tony Waltham and David Lowe, will be published on paper in 2015. Prior to that, individual chapters are now being posted online, as and when they are completed.
  • 13 Oct 2011: BCRA launches a new Cave Archaeology Special Interest Group. CAG Web Site | SIG info
  • 13 Sept 2012: New BCRA Archives Web Site. See posting on news forum.
  • Publications stock clearance. Volumes of Cave & Karst Science published more than ten years ago are now free of charge, as are all its predecessor publications (Cave Science, Transactions, etc). All issues of Caves & Caving up to number 92 (2002) are now free of charge too; and there are discounts on other items.
  • 18 August 2009: BCRA's Caving Archive has now been moved to the National Geoscience Data Centre at the British Geological Survey. Further information is on the British Caving Library web pages.

Events and Meetings

For details of these events, please see the BCRA News Forum where information will be posted as and when it becomes available. Also see: British Caving Association Diary.

14-15 May 2016. BCRA Field Meeting including flood pulse tests at Malham Cove
Important: We would like to know the rough number of people attending, well in advance, so please read the First Circular on the BCRA News Forum if you are interested.
June 4-5 2016. BCA AGM and party weekend
Further Information in Spring 2016
13-20 August 2016. EuroSpeleo 2016, incl. field meeting to Giggleswick Scar
Further Information in Summer 2016. EuroSpeleo .
Oral & Poster Abstracts by the end of June
Workshops & Field Trips Offers by the end of May
Please note: there is no Hidden Earth event in 2016
Hidden Earth 2016 is replaced by Eurospeleo 2016. Hidden Earth will return in 2017.
22 October 2016. BCRA Cave Science Symposium and BCRA AGM at Oxford
Further Information in Summer 2016
23 October 2016. BCRA field meeting to Cotswolds gull caves
Further Information in Summer 2016

Grant Application Deadlines & Council Meetings

Some Further Links...

British Cave Research Association (UK registered charity 267828). Registered Office: The Old Methodist Chapel, Great Hucklow, BUXTON, SK17 8RG
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