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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Thursday, May 20, 2010


Not only did he give us a generous donation, which as we said yesterday has paid for the battery strimmer we needed to maintain the bit of verge near Fairy Cross where we discovered a colony of early purple orchids, but after reading yesterday's blog thanking him, he wrote: 'my late mother was a member of the Royal Botanical Society, where she exhibited her watercolour paintings, and so it is a fitting cause!'

What a nice guy!

1 comment:

Graham Inglis said...

Yes; thanks, Paul!

It's actually a two-stroke petrol-driven one, and I've just been testing it on some dandelions.

The battery ones we looked at typically give around 30 minutes of run-time before requiring a 15-hour recharge. Petrol ones have a lot more power, and can run for hours (if needs be).