Cave µ-Safari

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See more info about our first trips in Slovenia on

and our meet-ups:

Interesting groups in LJ

the proteus freaks...

the cave biologists

Intersting Cave Ecologies in Ireland and UK

UK/Ireland based Hypogean Crustacea Recording Scheme:

Cave life in Britain, leaflet:

Groundwater Crustacea of Ireland: A survey of the stygobitic malacostraca in caves and springs - Final report

County Kilkenny

from above report:

"Gour pools with troglophilic Collembola on the surfaces were observed toward the end of Haddon Hall and in the Crystal Chamber within the Dunmore Cave system (KK4). During the field sorting of a sample from the large, deep pool of water located in The Crystal Chamber, a single juvenile Niphargus sp. was the only fauna recorded. However, this specimen was lost during transferral to the sample pot and could not therefore be identified further. Within the illuminated section of the cave troglophilic springtails (Collembola) and pot worms (Enchytraeidae) were present in some of the pools."

"Further work is required to re-assess the known distribution of N. wexfordensis, with a focus on its occurrence in the caves of the Burren and elsewhere. Work is already underway to track down and re-examine material collected from caves in the 1960s and 70s. Intensive survey of the Burren caves in particular is required to assess if N. wexfordensis is widespread in the cave habitat and regularly co-exists with N. kochianus irlandicus, as the initial results from the current study and the subsequent re-examination of material collected in 2005 from the Doolin River system imply. In Slovenia it is quite common for two or more species to co-exist in the same locality (Fišer pers. comm.) and to a lesser extent the same has been recorded in some British caves (HCRS, 2008)."


Marcin Penk, BA, MSc

Ecological Consultancy Services (EcoServe) Ltd

Apex House, Greenmount Industrial Estate,

Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 12,

Dublin, Ireland


Lee R.F.D. Knight, BSc, MIEEM

Hypogean Crustacea Recording Scheme

No.1 The Linhay, North Kenwood Farm,

Oxton, Nr Kenton,

Devon, EX6 8EX, United Kingdom


Cene Fišer, University of Ljubljana


Cave Sherpa's and BioHackers

Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH)

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination (Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.

Dominik Mahnič (SI)

Cave Sherpa, Painter, Media Artist, City Hunter


How to make a proper Barber Trap

Tools we need

we bring

  • foam-board
  • microscope laser projector ( one is in biotehna )
  • pico projetor ( marc have one )
  • urin sample containers
  • lights - difrent ones
  • headtorches
  • steel band

provided by lab

  • petri dishes, 20x 100mm, 20x 60mm
  • starving low-nutritious agar culture plates
  • agarose
  • plastic pipettes, loads
  • glass slides, 50 x
  • cover slips for aquariums, 50 x
  • hot glue guns, 3x
  • glue sticks, loads
  • scissors, 5x
  • cutting knifes, 5x

buy locally

  • batteries AAA, 40x
  • rope/string for plankton nets, 5x 10m
  • nylons, 10x
  • urine sample containers, 20x
  • lights/torches - different ones
  • head torches

urgent orders


  • projector
  • power plugs
  • autoclave
  • hot-plate
  • pressure cooker
  • cool-box, electric, ca 10° (or seperate fridge)