Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LIZ CLANCY: Support your local beekeeper! (if you have one)

The National Beekeepers Association are running an 'Adopt a beehive' scheme in order to help combat the severe problems British keepers are having with their populations. The money raised will go towards research into the health of honey bees, as well as educational work for beekeepers. It's an important cause because, according to the website, as much as a third of the mouthfuls of food we eat depends on honey bees because of their vital role in pollination, so even if you don't eat honey, you eat because of our little black and yellow pals.

To adopt one hive costs £29.50 a year, which (as the Daily Express points out) is cheaper than adopting a leopard, and you can find out more about this terribly important cause by visiting


1 comment:

Aaron T said...

"...because of our little black and yellow pals"
Mine were brown and beige. We beekeepers call the yellow and black things "wasps" :-)

Aaron, beekeeper (retd)