Advanced Search

You have three search engines available (as well as indexes to authors, fatalities and obituaries and surveys and area maps in Descent):

The first is found on the home page, but this only searches products and not the general information pages (however, it is very fast - for example, if you wish to find Descent issue 250, simply type in '250').

The search box below is produced by the DuckDuckGo search engine; it will display the results on its own site, which does not track users. Please either choose a result from that page, or use your browser's back button to return here.

The original Wild Places search appears further down. As the site has grown, this search has become slower as the software has struggled to keep pages, although it does offer more options (it will eventually be removed; this index is not being updated after April 2017).


The original search facility is below.

All words Any words Exact phrase
All the site Descent only Books only Information and listing pages only
All The Text Title Keywords Descriptions

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Online lists

Descent is partially (but extremely fully) indexed on paper, with issues (1) to (133) so far covered by published indexes. In addition, an online list of all authors of major articles, reports of fatalities and obituaries, and all surveys and area maps in Descent has been added to this website. Follow the links to these pages to consult the listings directly.


The text from the contents page of Descent appears on each back issue page and may be searched using the standard search box found at the top of all pages. However, as this only searches within products it will return results only relating to Descent (and other products, such as books), based on the contents pages. This may be sufficient for your search.

Advanced search

This advanced search will return results in ranked order from all Descent content pages as well as information pages, including the listings. It is a powerful tool that can also search in categories (Descent only, books only and limited to the information and listing pages). Using the full search across the whole site includes the author, obituary and survey listings.

As well as searching for all words, any words or an exact phrase, you may use a wildcard (*) to represent any part of a word. For example, although it might not be the most useful thing to search for, cave* will locate cave, caves, caver, cavers, cavern and caverns.

The query (?) will substitute for any single unknown character, which might be used if you cannot remember how to spell the word you are looking for. As an example, if you are not sure whether the correct spelling is Draenen or Dreanen (it's Draenen, by the way), search for Dr??nen.

Using the Boolean term NOT will restrict your search (eg. Ffynnon NOT Ddu would find Ogof Craig-a-Ffynnon and Ogof Ffynnon Taf but not Ogof Ffynnon Ddu).

From the results page you may return here using the 'Go Back' link at the top or follow any result direct to its page by clicking on the blue title.

Any work of this extent is prone to error. If you locate an incorrect listing or other link or material which should be corrected, please let us know.

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