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The Warden escorts groups of cavers into the cave in order to advise them how best to proceed in the cave in the best interests of the cave environment.
The Warden must ensure that the pre-trip declaration form is completed including the names and insurance status of each member of the party. All members of the party MUST have public liability insurance cover under the BCA scheme.
The Warden is required to return a report to the secretary within one week of the trip. These are an important means of highlighting conservation and safety issues, in addition to providing useful management statistics on the numbers of visitors to different parts of the cave.
The Warden should ensure that all visiting cavers are sufficiently informed about the nature of the trip ahead of them so that each individual may decide if he/she has the competence to continue.
Careful consideration should be given to party size, taking into account factors such as speed of movement, experience of the team members and the remoteness of the areas to be visited. Four is often held to be a good number in a party.
Scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Dan Yr Ogof is afforded a special level of protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981). The Dan Yr Ogof Conservation Advisory Panel works with the showcave management team to administer the wild cave that lies beyond the showcaves. Conservation of this unique cave is the primary aim of the panel. Exploration and access to the cave is controlled by the panel working with a team of conservation wardens who accompany the caving trips beyond the showcave.
People wishing to visit the Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves visitor attraction should consult the showcaves website.