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, May 12, 2010

Orchids - result!

As regular readers may know, I have no great opinion of Government, either local or national, but during the saga of the Early Purple Orchids of Fairy Cross, those in authority could not have been nicer.

We met a very nice chap called Stephen this afternoon onsite, and in the course of a meeting that lasted well under five minutes, he agreed that the orchids should be protected, and has agreed that the grass should not be mown to give the flowers a chance to seed, and has devolved responsibility for maintaining the small headland upon which there is now a colony of ten or more flower spikes to the CFZ. If only the functionaries of Central Government were as sensible, reasonable and downright nice to deal with.

BTW, on the picture he can be seen (just about) on the right hand side, but we did not have permission to photograph him. We took pics in which he could be identified, in full expectation of having to mount a campaign of ridicule against the decision-makers, but as we have explained, we could not have been more wrong.

It is nice that a conservation story has a happy ending for a change.


Syd said...

Well done you guys at the CFZ. Also congratulations to the local authority for employing some people with intelligence.

norman said...

Nice picture and rewarding outcome. Area needs to be mown in September each year.