Ogof Draenen Code of Conduct

Access to Ogof Draenen is administered by the Pwll Du Cave Management Group. The cave is gated and permission is obtained from the Access Officer. Conservation of the cave, it's flora and fauna are a priority and cavers are expected to act responsibly and follow the code of conduct.

1. Those who enter the cave are responsible for it's welfare and groups may be asked to undertake some constructive work during their trip. This may take the form of conservation work, surveying, taping, carrying or some other suitable task. Please be prepared to help out.

2. The cave is not suitable for novices - experienced cavers only.

3. There are bats in cave. Bats are protected by law and, amongst other things, it is an offence to "damage, destroy or obstruct access to any place (bats use) for shelter and protection, or disturb the animal while it is there". A bat is very sensitive to changes in the environment and it can be disturbed by simply lingering near it. If bats are seen, please make all reasonable efforts to avoid disturbing them. The bat colony in Ogof Draenen is being monitored and a record of any sightings in the cave log book would be appreciated.

4. Please park on the concrete area opposite the Lamb and Fox public house. Cavers are made welcome at the pub; food, camping and parking is available. Please enquire with the landlord.

5. Please observe conservation and safety notices, both verbal and written. Some areas are taped off for conservation reasons. Please do not enter these without special permission. Observe all tape and route markings in the cave. If there is no tape, proceed only if there is a clearly defined path. If in doubt, STOP.

6. Carbide lamps and smoking are not allowed. This is for the protection of bats, other cavers and conservation reasons. Take care not to drop food particles - eat over a bag.

7. Projects (scientific study, conservation, digging, etc.) that may significantly affect the cave, its inhabitants or other cavers should only be undertaken after prior consultation with the Management Group through the Conservation Officer. This is to avoid duplication of effort and wasteful use of resources. Requests for confidentiality will be honoured.

8. There are DMM Eco-anchors (P-hangers) in Spare Rib, Indiana Highway and at Balcony Pitch that have been placed under the NCA bolting scheme. There are no other official fixed aids in the cave and the PDCMG advises cavers not to use any other equipment that may be encountered. Any tackle will have been placed by cavers for their own use and must be regarded with suspicion.

9. The gate must be kept locked at all times.

10. Please make an entry in the log book the following details, about a trip must be entered names including surnames of all members of the party, name of the Club/Clubs of those in the party, date, planned destination, time in and estimated time out. Sign out without obliterating your entry; it will be needed for the records. The log book is not a call-out system; detailed trip information should always be left with a responsible person on the surface, to initiate a rescue call out if required.

THE LOG BOOK IS NOW LOCATED AT CAIRN JUNCTION (IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE CAIRN) WITHIN THE CAVE.

11. New discoveries must be conservation taped as they are explored or very soon afterwards. All taping must meet the standards set out in the PDCMG’s Conservation Policy. A photographic record of new discoveries is encouraged. The PDCMG and Survey Recorder should be notified of new discoveries with arrangements made for timely surveying to an appropriate level. Confidentiality will be requested if requested.

Thank you for your co-operation.


Sue Mabbett 2, Garth Close
Access Officer Morganstown

Cardiff, CF4 8LF

(para 11) Revised 01 November 2009