University of Bristol Spelæological Society

Welcome to the UBSS

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The UBSS has been delving the depths of the subterranean world for over 80 years, and has a membership to reflect this - from the new students that join every year, right up to those that were around when it all began. Consequently the range of activities that go on, caving and otherwise, is vast. From the regular adventures into the underground playgrounds of the UK and abroad, to cave exploration and surveying at home, in County Clare, Ireland, as well as more far flung places like Romania or Thailand, to impending fame and fortune in the form of the good old UBSS digs, photography, drunken table/pub/person traversing, archaeology, cave science, huge bonfire parties at the UBSS hut, and mammoth beer drinking sessions: UBSS members do them all.

Members living in Bristol meet weekly at the Coach & Horses on Tuesday evenings at 9.30pm. This is the place to come if you want to find out more about caving or the UBSS, or you want to come on any trips. Most informal trips are only organised in the pub, so if you want to cave you need to come along. Large, club organised, events, which usually happen every fortnight during term time, will be listed on the events diary page, and emails about them will be sent out nearer the time. If you are new to caving have a look at the fresher's guide.

Research

UBSS Cave Literature Database

Our searchable database covers all articles published in our journal, Proceedings, and the bibliographies for both Southern Ireland and the Caves of County Clare.

Irish Caves Database

We are currently hosting the Irish Caves Database produced by Trinity College, Dublin.
Searchable database and project explanation last updated: 18th Nov 2006.

TerrainTool

TerrainTool is used to create surface topographic data for the cave survey package Survex.

News

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.


Visit the news archive.

Upcoming Events

17th Sep 2014:
Leader's Training

30th Sep 2014:
Fresher's Chilli night

4th Oct 2014:
Fresher's Mendip Weekend

18th Oct 2014:
Fresher's Wales Weekend

7th Mar 2015:
Annual Dinner & AGM

View all events

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