The conservation of Britain's limestone cave resource

  title={The conservation of Britain's limestone cave resource},
  author={Paul Hardwick and John Gunn},
  journal={Environmental Geology},
Abstract Limestone caves are an important scientific and recreational resource in Britain. During the mid- to late 1970s, cavers and statutory conservation bodies cooperated in a review of cave resources which resulted in the designation of 48 caves or cave areas as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). During the same period, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 was introduced to provide more effective planning controls on activities such as agriculture carried out within SSSI… 

Three centuries of open access to the caves in Stoney Middleton Dale Site of Special Scientific Interest, Derbyshire

Abstract The limestone caves of Stoney Middleton Dale are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for features of geological interest, but have been open access since at least the eighteenth

Cavers and geoconservation: the history of cave exploration and its contribution to speleology in the Yorkshire Dales

Abstract Caves are important as they preserve archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data otherwise lost from the land surface. The fragile nature and limited extent of cave deposits is often not

The invertebrate community of the Peak–Speedwell cave system, Derbyshire, England — pressures and considerations for conservation management

1. The freshwater ecology of cave ecosystems has been poorly studied when compared with surface (epigean) systems. Most subterranean communities are typified by low abundance and low diversity of

Conservation and Management of the Earth Heritage Resource in Great Britain

Earth heritage conservation is the branch of conservation that is concerned with sustaining the geological and geomorphological heritage of the Earth. The aims and requirements of Earth heritage

Response of benthic cave invertebrates to organic pollution events

The Peak–Speedwell Cavern system (Derbyshire, UK) was affected by two organic pollution events, during a 7-year study, originating from the same source in the surface catchment but resulting in markedly different ecological responses.

Application of a Karst Disturbance Index in Hillsborough County, Florida

The index was successfully applied and it was found that Hillsborough was highly disturbed (disturbance score of 0.69 of 1.0) because of its predominant urban and rural land use.

The History of Geoconservation

This book is the first to describe the history of geoconservation. It draws on experience from the UK, Europe and further afield, to explore topics including: what is geoconservation; where, when and

Cave Biology: Life in Darkness

The new book, Cave Biology: Life in Darkness, Aldemaro Romero postulates about the evolutionary biology of subterranean organisms and other related topics, and considers that natural selection favors certain traits by fixing the alleles in hypogean populations based on the concept that troglomorphic phenomena result from phenotypic plasticity.

Karst groundwater in UNESCO protected areas: a global overview

  • J. Gunn
  • Geography
    Hydrogeology Journal
  • 2020
Recent studies have clarified the global distribution of carbonate and evaporite karst and global utilisation of karst waters. This study provides an initial assessment of the extent to which UNESCO


The soil in caves is formed largely by eroded sediments carried from the outside by rivers and precipitation of soluble substances. Organic materials from the surrounding ecosystems are also added to



Natural Resources: Allocation, Economics and Policy

1. Introduction 2. Natural Resources: Their Nature and Scarcity 3. Minerals: Distribution, Production and Economics 4. The Performance of the Mineral Production Process 5. Public Intervention in