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Clover Hill Cave

February 11, 2010

District: Clover Hill

Parish: St Ann

WGS84 L/L: 18 13 54.8, 77 09 19.0

JAD2001: 733577 E, 675673 N

JAD69: 233466 E, 175384 N

Altitude: 525m WGS84

Accuracy: +/- 5m horizontal; +/- 15m vertical


Type: Shelter

Accessibility: Scramble

Depth: 0m

Length: 13m

Explorers: GSD

Survey: N/A

JU Ref: pg 124

JU Map: N/A

Entrance size: 2m W, 4m H

Entrance aspect: 150

Vegetation in general locale: Scrub/farm

Vegetation at entrance: Scrub

Geology: White limestone

Bedding: Poor

Jointing: Poor

Speleothems: Stals

Palaeo resources: None seen

Archaeo resources: None seen

Hydrology: Dry

Dark zone: 0%.

Climate: 25 deg C, dry.

Bats: <100

Bat guano: Some

Guano mining: Occasional

Guano condition: Small, scattered deposits

Visitation: Occasional

Speleothem damage: None

Graffiti: None

Trash: None

Ownership: Private

Protection: None

Vulnerability: Low

Clover Hill Cave
February 11, 2010
Team: RS Stewart
Notes: RS Stewart

Clover Hill Cave was visited on the afternoon of Feb 11, 2010, by Stewart, as recon for a NEPA bat monitoring project in St Ann. It has the dubious distinction of being the most inaccurate of the the GSD positions received via Jamaica Underground to date, at 5.2km from the listed coordinates. Clover Hill district is far to the south of the JU coords, which actually plot in Grierfield. I'm about 90% confident that it is the same site. Much asking of the local people revealed no other caves in Clover Hill, just a sinkhole which is quite close to the cave in the gully below. The JU entry follows:

"Entrance on a steep hillside about 120m west of the road to Phoenix Park from Grierfield. In west bank of a small gully. A small ascending chamber, 8m wide and 8m high."

The cave is a dome-shaped ascending shelter about 12m wide, and 10m high, extending into a steep hill about 14m, which is a minor roost for Artibeus jamaicensis. The entire cave is well-lit. It is on the west side of a gully 140m from the nearest road, which is just to the west of the Griefield road. Access is by way of a 5m scramble up tree roots.

The sinkhole is at 18 13 52.1, 77 09 17.5. Tossing in of rocks suggest it is 30+ metres deep.

A rough sketch map of the cave will be found below:

Clover Hill Cave sketch map

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