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...

Search This Blog


Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Hey dude,

I am in Cumbria at the moment, so I am away from Lever. Anyway, I was chatting to my friend's dad last night and he mentioned that in a tiny town called Kirkby Steven in East Cumbria there were a population of parrots of various species living wild. Long story short: this seems to be a Northern speciality. We went there today, and saw a blue and gold macaw, and we heard a couple of others. Anyway, the links below should be of interest to you.


This fantastic image, btw, is by Luc Viatour

Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4

1 comment:

Geordie-dave said...

Kerby Stephen is a stopping off point for coach trips from the north east on route to Blackpool. So seeing Macaws flying about maybe the highlight of trip for some jaded travellers. Jon's been to Blackpool haven't you Jon. :-)