On the occasion of the celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst, the Portuguese Speleological Society – SPE started, on the 6th of June 2021, day of the celebration of the International Day of Caves & the Subterranean World, a series of events that will last until December 2021. These events are destined to the general public and specially to the teaching community.
Admission to Membership
The request for admission to membership shall be made by filling in a form that should be accompanied by a photograph, an entrance fee (€ 10) and the first annual payment (€ 20), on the total ammount of € 30.
After filling in and signing, the form should be sent, together with photo and payment to the address of The Portuguese Speleological Society.
For persons under age 18, a parental authorization is required.
Caves are amongst the last unaltered places in Nature, constituting authentic natural reserves. Thus, cavers and speleologists must assure the maintenance of caves original conditions, avoiding unnecessary alteration.
Do not remove from caves any speleothem, archaeological remain, geological sample or biological specimen if they aren’t intended for a previously and correctly planned study, whose conclusion is guaranteed. (Private “museums” are nothing but a way of promotion of their “owners”, at the expense of Nature’s depredation. A great number of “studies”, in name of which caves are despoiled of their scientific evidences, are the cover for irretrievable devastations.)
Do not disturb the evidence of episodes of cave’s history: don’t make excavations and don’t take out of their position speleothems naturally broken. (Only experts can adequately carry out excavations; the position of speleothems moved away from their primitive placement by natural causes is of scientific interest only if not modified.)