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Beardyman Cave

August 13, 2010

District: Drummond Castle

Parish: Clarendon

WGS84 L/L: 18 03 30.9 N, 77 20 04.1 W

JAD2001: 714589 E, 656516 N

JAD69: 214479 E, 156227 N

Altitude: 450m WGS84

Accuracy: +/- 5m horizontal; +/- 10m vertical


Type: Complex shaft

Accessibility: Vertigear

Depth: 46m

Length: N/A

Explorers: JCC, 1961

Survey: None

Vegetation in general locale: Scrub/farm

Vegetation at entrance: Scrub

Geology: White limestone

Bedding: Poor

Jointing: Poor

Speleothems: Undetermined

Palaeo resources: Undetermined

Archaeo resources: Undetermined

Hydrology: Dry

Dark zone: Undetermined

Climate: Undetermined

Bats: Undetermined

Bat guano: Undetermined

Guano mining: None

Guano condition: Undetermined

Visitation: Occasional

Speleothem damage: Undetermined

Graffiti: Undetermined

Trash: Undetermined

Ownership: Private

Protection: None

Vulnerability: High

Beardyman Cave
August 13, 2010
Team: RS Stewart, Kingman
Notes: RS Stewart

Two entrances connect to one shaft, which we did not descend. Jamaica Underground suggests minimal lateral development at bottom. To quote: A wide shaft 27m deep ends on a steep slope descending for about 12m to where a narrow twisting shaft leads down for a further 3m.

Artibeus jamaicensis were seen circling in the entrances, probably roosting amongst stalactites on the ceiling of the shaft.

Catch and release will be with a mist net, although we believe this site will not have a major roost, and is therefore low priority.

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