Why are the caves of the English Riviera so internationally important? Prof. Iain Stewart is joined by Nick Powe, whose family have run Kents Cavern for five generations, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Dr. Donald McFarlane of Claremont McKenna College California who has published studies on Pengelly and Kents Cavern, and cave conservationist Tara Beacroft, discussing their shared passion for caves and how they help us to learn about Earth's heritage and the history of humanity.
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‘For many a visit to Kents Cavern is a first venture underground and this episode explains what exactly is the appeal of the underground world. The subterranean environment is different to what we are used to in our everyday lives, a constant temperature, no weather, no wind, no seasons, and all entirely engineered by nature. And yet life exists here. In this episode the wider interest and accessibility of the underground parts of the Geopark is explored.’
Nick’s family have run Kents Cavern for five generations. Nick is also chairman of the Geopark.
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‘Having spent a considerable amount of research time in Kents cavern, it was a great pleasure to be able to make a small contribution to the long history of the cave as a pivotal natural feature of the Geopark.’
Dr. Donald McFarlane is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Claremont McKenna College California, and has authored several academic papers and books about the significance of Kents Cavern.
‘Taking part in the Geopark in Focus project was a brilliant way to impart some knowledge and discuss some of the most important aspects about caves in the English Riveria UNESCO Global Geopark and really shine a light on our incredible natural heritage and how everyone can discover it for themselves.’
Tara Beacroft is the conservation officer for Devon and Cornwall Underground Council and a member of Devon Cave Rescue.