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New online shop
We have recently upgraded our online sales page from the previous and very outdated technology using Paypal to a new version which takes all credit card payments. The new shop can be found by following the links from our Sales and Irish Cave Guide pages or by going directly to .

It is intended to expand the scope of our Sumup use to allow subscriptions and other payments to be taken using credit cards in the near future. Watch this space.

Caves of southern Ireland
The Society's fifth book on Irish caves is now available. It was published on 1st September and was formally launched at SUICRO, in Ireland, in October 2022. For prices and availability, visit
2021 AGM
The AGM was held via Zoom on Saturday March 13th. Full details can be found at[UNIQID]

Minutes from the AGM can be found on the website in the members area.

Changes and Updates
Recent changes have been made to this website:

The Irish Cave Database page has been changed and some new features added: see

Mike McCombe's TerrainTool has been updated to use newer and better DEM data from NASA: see

And the Newsletter pages have been tidied up. see

UBSS Centenary Symposium, November 9th/10th 2019
The event was a great success. Abstracts from all the talks have been published in the Society's Proceedings Vol 28.2 Available from
Caves of Mid-West Ireland
The Society's fourth book on Irish caves is now available. It was launched at SUICRO, in Ireland, in October 2019 and during our Centenary Symposium in Bristol in November 2019. For prices and availability, visit
Alumni Foundation Grant
We have received a grant from the Alumni Foundation to buy and install a pair of secure outdoor cages in the car park beneath the Student’s Union building. They are being used to return kit when the Richmond building is closed and for the washing and drying of kit before its return to our indoor tackle store. This has enabled both personal and club equipment to be cared for better and will facilitate its more rapid return after trips. Thank you to the Alumni Foundation for this money.
More surveys
The survey archive page has been updated to include our latest work. Thanks, once again, to the University of Bristol Alumni Association for helping to fund this work.
Cave Burial Gazetteers
We are now hosting Andrew Chamberlain's extremely useful gazetteers of caves containing human remains. The index page can be found at
Cheddar Catchment survey model
Thanks to the generosity of Trevor Hughes and Chris Jewell of the BEC, the Therion version of model has now been extended to include the eastern part of the catchment over past Wigmore Swallet.

Now, has anyone got the survey data for Pinetree Pot?

Survey page updated
The latest (October 2012) versions of the Cheddar catchment 3d and lox files have been added to the Survey Archive page. The October 31st version of the Reservoir Hole survey is also now there.
Updates to the Survey Page
The 2011 versions of the Cheddar Catchment survey files are now available on the Cave Survey Archive page.
New Caving Equipment
Over the summer, the Society acquired a large amount of brand new caving gear for the use of students, especially Freshers. This can be seen in action in our Photo Gallery (check out "somewhere 2010").

We are extremely grateful to the Alumni Foundation of the University of Bristol and to the Trustees of the Oliver Lloyd Memorial Fund for the grants that made this possible.

Forest of Dean photos
Forest of Dean 2009 gallery uploaded. Enjoy
Newsletters added to literature search
Thanks to Ruth for starting work on making the newsletters searchable - you can have a gander using the literature search.
New photos added
Photos for CHECC 2008 and Ireland 2008 added into the gallery
Spring clean
The site has had a spiffy new lick of paint and some tinkering under the hood! Let the webmonkey know if you find any glitches.
UBSS Forum
You can now play with the new ubss forum, set up by replica -

More web site developments
We have now uploaded archive newsletters back to 1919. All of the extant ones are now available.

In addition, the Irish expeditions page now includes some of our more unusual expedition reports. Ahh, nostalgia

Slovenia and Romania pics
New pics from Slovenia and Romania trips added to the photo gallery.
Proceedings PDFs available
We have made a number of Proceedings articles available to download for free as PDFs! Check out the literature search, articles available will have a link to the PDF.
AGM & annual dinner 2007 photos online
See in less blurry vision in the photo section, or jump straight to them.
Annual dinner awards added
See who the dubiously honoured were!
Photos of the trip to Daren
...have now been added to the photo section. Go directly to the pics here
Ancient Drawing Of Mammoth Found In Cheddar Caves
A possible Palaeolithic engraving has been discovered at Cheddar Caves and Gorge by members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS).
New year 2006-7 at the hut
Photos of New Year at the hut. More to come soon!
Annual awards section added to site
We've started a hall of fame for those who garnered one of the prestigious Annual Dinner Awards.
Irish Caves Database updated
Searchable database and project explanation updated!
The Quotations Page
The Quotations page has made the leap from the newsletter to on here. Please fill it up as most of the stuff on there at the moment is dredged up from old newsletters.
Learning to Survey Caves
We are holding a short surveying course in Goatchurch Cavern
Wales weekend
Hundreds (literally) of photos from the Wales weekend! You can see gallery one and gallery two by following the links.
More photos
More photos of Freshers Weekend 2006 added!
Autumn 2006 newsletter available
Get the latest newsletter, or browse the archives.
Fresh Squeeze Machine Winners!
See the results of the FRESH squeeze machine competition!
Further Discoveries of Possible Mesolithic Engravings in Mendip Cave
Members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society (UBSS) have discovered a further series of abstract engravings in the caves in Cheddar Gorge.
Aveline's Hole Discovery
Two members of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society have discovered an engraving in a cave in the Mendip Hills, Somerset, which may be at least 10,000 years old.

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