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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Friday, May 07, 2010


I tell you what, I am very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting that my polite little protest about the fate of the early purple orchids at Fairy Cross would be ignored, and I was preparing myself to write a stream of vitriol about it.

However, yesterday I had a telephone call from a very polite Civil Servant (should that be a civil Civil Servant?) and I am meeting him at Fairy Cross on wednesday....

1 comment:

norman said...

I congrtaulate you on your interest and actions Jon and glad they fell into place with the authorites-so far. I await further instalments with interest.

Orchids are beautiful, they delight and surprise. none more so, than the most I have ever seen, in the grounds and close to the hub of a rural sewage farm in Norfolk. For some reason I am the only one it seems who enjoy these. When I stop looking I fear they will disappear along with the fairies?