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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Sunday, September 04, 2011

CARL PORTMAN Vs The White Squirrel


Whilst going through some very old archive photographs on a CD I came across this. I recall taking it from distance on an old camera (pre-digital days) and it's a famed 'white squirrel' from Pevensey in Eastbourne.

I saw it with my own eyes and almost couldn't believe it.

Anyway - it's unusual for sure.



Regular readers will know Emily, star of the forthcoming CFZtv blockbuster Emily and the Big Cats. She has just got her Btec in Health and Social Care. Well done, honey.

Filming is very nearly finished on her film, and with luck and a fair wind you will be able to see it by Christmas....

ROBERT SCHNECK: Tudor mystery bird

Hi Jon,

This is a page from the Bodleian Library's Tudor Pattern Book (c. 1520-1530), which has paintings that were used by illuminators, embroiderers, and other craftsmen. Most of the animals are labeled (e.g. 'A dog') or identifiable by their actions (e.g. the reptilian beaver biting off his scrotum), but the hoofed bird in this picture escapes me.

I don't understand what the writing means or recognize the bird as a heraldic, mythical or symbolic animal (a hoofed bird might, incidentally, explain the Devil's footprints of 1855). I'm hoping bloggo readers can identify it.


The Woodwose, sometimes called the Wild Man, is very similar to the Green Man. Both appear in ancient mythology and have their origins in ancient paganism. And since they became subsumed into Christianity in mediaeval times, both can often be found as decoration in Churches.

Whilst the Green Man, a pre-Christian fertility symbol, is usually depicted with the face half-covered in leaves and vines emanating from the mouth, the Woodwose is usually shown as a complete part-human figure carrying a club, with the limbs being leafy. It also often shows a thick beard and wears a cap. The Woodwose may also be shown holding the club in different positions. Sometimes this is on its side and sometimes it is raised. There is a theory that a raised club depicts the figure before it was converted to Christianity, but it’s probably more correct to believe that it was raised to ward off evil spirits.

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: Ireland on Sunday, 20.6.99


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1945 Al Stewart was born. Nothing particularly Fortean about that, but hey, I like his music. This one is a favourite of mine: Flying Sorcery
And now the news:

Lost ladybird found in Devon
Sri Lankan elephant numbers 'healthy', survey sugg...
Wildlife 'does better on reserves'
Bittern: medieval banqueting dish that died due to...
Tarpan wild horses to be reintroduced to Bulgaria
Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: In search of a...
Traffickers in baby gorilla arrested in Congo
Tawharanui Marine Reserve officially declared in N...
Documents Show Feds Believed in the Yeti (via Chad...

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