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Sherwood Forest Stream Cave

August 18, 2010

District: Sherwood Forest

Parish: Portland

WGS84 L/L: 18 08 37.0, 76 22 26.7

JAD2001: 816234 E, 666007 N

JAD69: 316123 E, 165718 N

Altitude: 180m WGS84

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


Type: Stream passage

Accessibility: Crawl

Depth: Undetermined

Length: Undetermined

Explorers: JCO, 2010

Survey: None

JU Ref: N/A

JU Map: N/A

Entrance size: 1m wide, 1m high

Entrance aspect: W

Vegetation in general locale: Scrub/farm

Vegetation at entrance: Scrub

Geology: White limestone

Bedding: Poor

Jointing: Poor

Speleothems: Undetermined

Palaeo resources: Undetermined

Archaeo resources: None

Hydrology: Wet

Dark zone: Undetermined

Climate: ~21, humid

Bats: 0

Bat guano: N/A

Guano mining: N/A

Guano condition: N/A

Visitation: Rare

Speleothem damage: None

Graffiti: None

Trash: Some

Ownership: Private

Protection: None

Vulnerability: Low

Sherwood Forest Stream Cave
August 18, 2010
Team: RS Stewart
Notes: RS Stewart

The site was visited by Stewart to check on a report received by Andrea Donaldson at NEPA. It seems to have been previously unlisted, although there is a possibility that it could be the listed site, Sherwood Forest Cave, with the position out by 1.6 km. However, we have from GSD via JU the following, “On Sherwood Forest property, to the west of the road to Green Pond. A passage for 36m leads to an unexplored shaft.” Green Pond isn’t on the topo map (not that Stewart can find), so we don’t know which road is referred to. Also, the passage found is very small, takes much water in rain times, and doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that would lead to a shaft. Accordingly, it is being listed with a new name, “Sherwood Forest Stream Cave”.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to enter the cave. The entrance is less than a metre across and high, and was mostly blocked by a large tire embedded in mud. It would have taken a shovel, which Stewart didn’t have, and much digging to get it out.

It seems very unlikely that there any bats roosting inside. It fills with water frequently, and is simply too small.

In order to avoid the visit being a total loss, Stewart enquired into Friday Gate Cave, which was listed to be nearby (the JU database has been turned into Lat/Long and entered into the GPS receivers as points of interest), which the locals indeed knew of by that name. The cave was visited next, after waiting for a major downpour to subside.

N.B. Caution. Contact dermatitis was picked up by Stewart either at the entrance of this cave, or en route to Friday Gate. It was, of course, on his right ankle, which exacerbated the condition of the infection picked up at Crofts River Cave-2.

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