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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Monday, March 08, 2010

Hope for Some British Bees... but Not Others.

According to my copy of First News the rare southern cuckoo bee has been seen in St Abbs, Berwickshire, Scotland by Bob Dawson of the Bumblebee Trust.

British bees have been on the decline for quite some time now; one of the reasons cited in the article was the diminishing number of flowers growing in the wild. The article also informs its junior readers that the cuckoo bee gets its name because they move into nests belonging to other bees, just as the female cuckoo will lay her egg in another bird's nest.

On the other hand, Stranraer, southwest Scotland, has seen an outbreak of American Foulbred, which is a disease affecting honey bees.


Warning: includes mildly unflattering pic of Oliver revealing more flesh than is absolutely necessary.

MAX BLAKE: Return of the son of Taxonomy Fail



I thought this might get a laugh from a few of the blogsters!

This is the true story of a garage owner in New Mexico was sick and tired of thugs breaking into his garage shop to steal tools, etc.

So he came up with this idea. He put the word out that he had a new Mexican Lion that would attack anyone that would break in or climb his fence. Would-be thieves saw the 'lion' from a distance and fled the scene.The dog's probably trying to figure out why his head's so hot and his butt's so cold.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1978 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was first broadcast.

And now, the news:

The Bulgarian 'Loch Ness Monster': the Water Bull of the Rabisha Lake
Mice infest UK's Westminster Palace in London
Question of the weekend: Should we clone Neanderthals?
Oldest 'writing' found on 60,000-year-old eggshells

That’s ‘egg’-straordinary.

(if you thought that pun was bad I should warn you that Easter is on the way so there’ll be plenty more where that came from….)