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, October 17, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ Canada:



I’m sometimes asked, what’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever investigated. Well, answering that question is no easy task, as there have been quite a few of them! But, without doubt, one of the strangest is that of the saga of the Goat-Man of Lake Worth, Texas – which is situated only a short drive from where I live. In the very early hours of one particularly fateful morning in the hot and sticky summer of 1969, six petrified residents of the Texan city of Fort Worth raced for the safety of their local police-station, and related a controversial and amazing story.

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: UFO over Reading, September 1969


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1985 the Nintendo Entertainment System was released along with Super Mario Bros.

And now the news:

'Criminal' penguin caught on film
Natural Pesticide Protects Cattle Against Ticks in...
Hybrid mountain pygmies hold hope of a bright futu...
Why the spoon-billed sandpiper's luck might change...
On the trail of the crocs
Climate change spawns the incredible shrinking ant...
Invasion! Beware the killer hornet

Sheesh, adverts were mank in the 80s:

DALE DRINNON: Giant catfishes and a lost civilisation in Sundaland?

The new blog has gone up for Monday and here is the link to it:

Also the new FOA Blog entry for Monday:

BLOODY HELL, I WISH I HAD £15,000 (from the latest edition of the Entomological Livestock Group newsletter

FOR SALE: A unique opportunity to own a complete and historic collection of British butterflies and almost complete collection of British macro-moths. Every species, subspecies and major form of every British butterfly is represented, most extinct species and subspecies are represented by genuine British examples and the collection also includes many striking aberrations. All migrant and immigrant species are also present, many are genuine British examples.

The collection includes 4 British Large Coppers, a British Mazarine Blue, British Black-veined
Whites and many British Large blues to name but a few. The moth collection is almost complete, there are a few gaps but these are mostly of rare immigrants or insular subspecies. Like the butterflies most of the extinct and rare species are represented by genuine British examples and there are also many good aberrations. Included are species such as 5 British Reed Tussock , 6 British Cudweed, 2 British Conformist and many, many more.

The butterflies and tail end of the moth collection is housed in a 28 drawer Crockett cabinet which is in need of some restoration but is in sound condition. The bulk of the moths are in a 34 drawer home-made cabinet, which again could use a little work to tidy it up. The total for the cabinets is over 6,500 specimens most of which are in A1 condition.

I have conservatively priced the butterflies up and they alone come to over £10,000. The moths would be worth at least that much again. But as I am after a quick sale I would accept offers over £15,000, this would include both cabinets and also three near full storeboxes of 'spare' moths which include many rarities.

I can send photos and lists if required but a view by appointment would be much better. The collection is in Northwest Kent. I can be contacted by email at:

bug.shell@yahoo.co.uk or you can send me a text on 07944 051 676 (Dave Rolfe). This is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an almost complete British collection but it is also a good investment as the prices of all species will steadily increase, extinct species will increase even more.