Cave Conservation

The Stories in Stone area is a three-dimensional landscape, much of which is hidden below ground in a labyrinth of caves and underground rivers. Unfortunately, many caves have in the past been used as places to dispose of farm waste and materials and livestock sometimes fall into open shafts, all of which creates point sources of pollution and make the caves potentially dangerous to cavers.

What will the project do?

Volunteers from local caving clubs, working together with statutory conservation bodies, will clear surface shake-holes of historical farm waste, install fencing around open shafts to prevent livestock from falling in, and clean and protect underground speleothems. Presentations of the project work will be delivered to local communities and schools.

What will the benefits be?

The project will leave a legacy of trained volunteers, local schoolchildren will value the cave heritage, and the landscape will be enhanced.


The project is being led by Natural England’s Cave Conservation Adviser, based at Ingleborough NNR, with the support of the Council of Northern Caving Clubs.

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, please contact Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator Officer.