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DRAETHEN LEAD MINES

Photos by Stuart France.  A few photos from the largest of the mines in NRW forestry near Caerphilly during our project to try to secure explorer access via Cave Access Ltd.  We made three consented visits in 2016 and we sent a technical report to NRW containing a professional recommendation for a seasonal access system from May- September. But six months later we are still waiting for any kind of substantive reply. The mine is little visited but it is clear that non-cavers are accessing it due to the litter including jeans and underpants left in a warren of tunnels. We also found many used cyalume sticks, presumably left by visitors unsure of finding the way out.  This is all odd because the obvious entrance involves rope access  The site is of interest to bat groups and thus to NRW as well because of its resident bat colony during the winter months.
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