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Wookey Hole - 75 Years of Cave Diving & Exploration
by Jim Hanwell, Duncan Price and Richard Witcombe.
Published by the Cave Diving Group, with financial assistance from BCRA.
Price £25.00 incl. UK postage. 20% discount to BCRA members.
Exploring the Limestones of South Devon. A guide
to walks that discover the limestones and caves of South Devon by John Wilmot,
Chris Proctor and David Jean.
Price £8.00 (with 20% discount to BCRA members). plus postage.
This new book, from William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust, was launched at their joint field meeting with BCRA in Spring 2014. It is written in a similar style to BCRA's Cave Studies booklets; A5 in format, with 126 pages in full colour. It is available from WPCST and also from BCRA.
BCRA Transactions and Cave Science are the two predecessor periodicals to
BCRA's present peer-reviwed science journal, Cave and Karst Science. All the back-issues
can be downloaded, free of charge, and many of them are still available on paper.
The early issues are free of charge (plus postage).
Some earlier items preceeding BCRA's existence (e.g. CRG and BSA) are also available.
The CREG Journal Archive is a two-volume set comprising issues 1-14 and
issues 15-25. Both parts are available as a print-on-demand item from Lulu.com.
Price £15 each plus Lulu's postal charges.
Issues from #78 to the present can be downloaded from the BCRA web-site, and more will be added in the future.
Here is some suggested further reading - non-BCRA books with links to external web sites. Click on the icon to go to the seller's web page. We do not sell these books ourselves, although we might sometimes have copies available at our meetings. (If the links cease to work, please let us know).
Cave Archaeology and Karst Geomorphology of Northwest
England: Field Guide by H. J. O'Regan, T. Faulkner, I.
This Field Guide was produced to accompany the joint QRA / BCRA Field Meeting to Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales in June 2012. It covers recent research into cave archaeology and aspects of karst geomorphology in this area. This was also the first meeting of the BCRA Cave Archaeology Special Interest Group.
Softbound. 186 pp. A5. ISBN 978-1-903564-37-0. [2012, Quaternary Research Association]
Gouffre Berger - L'Esprit d'Equipe by Mark Wright and Robbie Shone
This book provides past visitors with an excellent showcase of its most significant features and will hopefully inspire future visits to this magnificent cave system. It provides a history of the cave's exploration together with valuable information for those planning a visit.
All profits from the sale of the book will support the work of the Ghar Parau Foundation (GPF) and the Association Nicola. The GPF is a sub-charity of BCRA, funding UK caving expeditions. The Association Nicola is a French charity which was involved in developing a through-rock communication system now in use by many caving groups.
Hardbound. 256pp full colour, >100 photos. 305mm x 255mm. ISBN 978-1-910240-12-0. [2014, Vertebrate Publishing]
Cave Pearls of Meghalaya Volume 1, Pala Range and Kopili Valley.
Edited by Thomas Arbenz
This book covers the exploration of caves in the Pala Range and Kopili Valley. There are chapters on Meghalaya, on the 2010-2012 expeditions in that area, and also on the geology, subterranean ecology, spiders and bats. The second half of the book is devoted to cave descriptions each with survey and photographs plus a list of minor caves and other sites of speleological interest.
The inside back cover contains a CD with surveys of the six longest systems, a satellite view of the area with cave surveys superimposed, and an article describing the identification of two new species of bat.
June 2015: Volume 2 can now be pre-ordered.
Hardbound, 265pp full colour, with CD. A4. ISBN 978-3-033-03637-6. [2013, Thomas Arbenz]
Going Underground by Stephany Leach
This is a comprehensive study of the human archaeological remains in Yorkshire caves and cave shelters. This book was originally submitted as a PhD thesis in 2006 and presents the results of an anthropological and taphonomic reanalysis of human skeletal remains excavated from 21 subterranean sites in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
Softbound. 416 + xvii pp. A4. ISBN 978-1-903564-37-0. [2015, Yorkshire Archaeological Society]
Channel Characterisation and System Design for Sub-Surface Communications
by David Gibson
This book brings together some of the author's many articles and papers on sub-surface communications systems; and is essentially a copy of his PhD thesis. This book is also available as a PDF download.
Softbound, 298pp, A4. ISBN 978-1-4457-6953-0. [2010, David Gibson via Lulu]
by David Gibson
A collection of David Gibson's previously published articles covering a period of 14 years. Most of these articles were published in the CREG journal. This book is also available as a PDF download.
Softbound, 72pp, A4. ISBN 978-1-4457-7105-2. [2010, David Gibson via Lulu]
Höhlen und Karst in Österreich
by Christoph Spötl, Lukas Plan, Erhard Christian
A 750-page book on the Caves and Karst of Austria, published in 2016. Each chapter is written in German but all abstracts and figure captions are in English. This comprehensive book has contributions by 49 cavers and scientists.
Cave and Karst Science (ISSN 1356-191X) is BCRA's peer-reviewed science journal, published three times a year. Paper subscriptions are available to members and non-members. It is available online, free of charge, as part of BCRA's commitment to open access to scientific research. Our predecessor publications, BCRA Transactions and Cave Science are also online. Most issues of C&KS and its predecessors are also available on paper - see the catalogue listing.
Speleology (ISSN 1478-999X) was originally the Bulletin of BCRA but, after BCA's creation, it was adopted as BCA's in-house magazine. Although still published by BCRA, it was largely funded by BCA, with the strap-line Bulletin of British Caving. It ceased publication with issue 19. Back issues are available online. Most issues of Speleology and its predecessor publication, Caves and Caving, are also available on paper - see the catalogue listing.
The BCRA Review (no ISBN as yet) is a new publication, designed as a replacement for Speleology. The first issue will be published in the summer of 2016 and it will appear annually, shortly in advance of our AGM, each year. The content will include reports of BCRA field meetings and activities, as well as our Report and Annual Accounts.
The Cave Radio and Electronics Group Journal (ISSN 1361-4800). CREG is one of BCRA's Special Interest Groups. CREG is probably the leading organisation of its kind in the world. It produces a quarterly journal, which is available on paper or as an online subscription. The online content is free to BCRA members. Most back issues are available on paper.
The Cave Studies Series is a set of introductory booklets on a range of cave-related topics. It provides an introductory text aimed at the sport caver who has become interested in some other aspect of speleology. We are always willing to consider possible new titles and to discuss projects with potential authors. There are plans to make some of the titles available online in the near future.
Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales (ISBN 978-0-900265-46-4) is a major new book from BCRA, which presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the caves and karst of the Yorkshire Dales. It is the long-awaited successor to the 1974 publication Limestones and Caves of Northwest England but is a much more comprehensive treatment because of the many cave discoveries in the last 40 years and the new information that is available on the underground and surface features.
BCRA Transactions (predecessor to Cave & Karst Science) see C&KS catalogue listing
Cave Science (predecessor to Cave & Karst Science) see C&KS catalogue listing
Caves and Caving (predecessor to Speleology) see Caves & Caving contents list
British Speleological Association and Cave Research Group publications (predecessor organisations to BCRA) see Cave Science Index
A two-volume Cave Science Index, which covers Cave & Karst Science and its predecessor titles has been published on paper, although this is rather out-of-date now. A more up-to-date online version can be searched. The online version has been extended to include the publications of BCRA's predecessors and those of University of Bristol Spelaeological Society and William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust. It also covers BCRA's Cave Surveying Group and Cave Radio & Electronics Group.
BCRA still has stock of most issues of BCRA's 'transactions' and 'bulletin' as well as those of its predecessor organisations. Please enquire.
Some non-BCRA material is stored in our Online Archive. Plus, of course, the British Caving Library contains a large amount of material.
Other Items, see Publications List
Speleological Abstracts / Bulletin Bibliographique Spéléologique (BBS) is a world-wide bibliography of caving publications, produced annually by the UIS (Union Internationale de Spéléologie). Its correspondents around the world collect caving articles and scientific papers which are catalogued into an A4 volume. From 1993 SA/BBS incorporated the earlier BCRA publication Current Titles in Speleology (CTS). You can purchase issues up to number 44 from BCRA (see Publications List) but please note that the more recent versions are not stocked by BCRA and the very latest annual editions are only available digitally from UIS. BCRA co-ordinates the abstracting of British publications for inclusion. If you have material for inclusion, please contact Gina Moseley g.moseley[at]bcra...etc.. For the latest information, please see the postings to the BCRA News Forum.
We have a number of other titles in stock. Please contact us for an up-to-date list. You can also inspect a list of past BCRA titles, listed by ISBN / ISSN.
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