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, July 24, 2014

Government invites applicants for funding to vaccinate badgers in 11 English counties

Funding is available to vaccinate badgers in key areas
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has reopened its 2014 scheme to fund badger vaccination in selected English counties, in areas close to high-risk bovine TB (bTB) hotspots.
First launched in April, the take up then was slow, with many farmers in heavily infected areas being sceptical about the effectiveness of vaccination as it does not address disease in already infected badgers.
However, also planned is a new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS) to be launched towards the end of the year, where the aim is to slow the onward spread of bTB from high risk areas, creating buffer zones to prevent the disease being carried out of the hotspots by sick badgers.
The move, welcomed by Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, will fund the inoculation of badgers against the disease, and the training to administer the vaccine.
The government will be working with wildlife and farming groups to make the scheme work as a jointly funded, privately led project.
For any group to apply for the new funding their plan must, like the old scheme, involve two or more adjacent cattle farms in the Edge Area comprising Hampshire, East Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire.
There will also be other criteria such as undertaking to vaccinate across a minimum area and for a minimum number of years, but these details are still to be finalised.
Dominic Dyer, of the Badger Trust and Care for the Wild, said: “It’s great to see the government pushing ahead with this scheme. Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust were helping evolve a similar plan a year or so ago so it’s fantastic that this has taken shape and is being given the full backing of DEFRA.”
The National Farmers’ Union has also welcomed the launch of the scheme, but it maintained that diseased badgers still needed to be culled in TB hotspot counties to get on top of the disease.
John Royle, NFU chief farm policy adviser, said: “We’ve always said that we would support the idea of vaccinating badgers in the Edge Area as one of the measures to help slow disease spread.
“However, in high-risk areas such as Somerset and Gloucestershire we still believe controlling the disease in wildlife remains a crucial element of tackling TB and remain confident that the pilot badger culls will help deliver a reduction of TB in cattle in those areas.”



1=. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (1)
1=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
3. Haunted Skies Volume Five by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
4. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
5=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (-)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
8.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (-)
9.   The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (4)
10. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (-)


1=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (3)

1=.   Hoaxed! by Mike Newton (4)
3. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
4=.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (4)

4=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (5)

4=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 1 by Karl Shuker (-)
7. WEIRD WATERS: The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia by Lars Thomas (1)
8=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (7)
8=. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman (4)
10. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. The slow sales are continuing. The politicians who claim we are out of the recession are, I believe, talking nonsense. 



1. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (-)
2. MYSTERIOUS CREATURES: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Vol 1 by George Eberhart (-)
3=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (6)
3=. Haunted Skies Volume Four by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
5. Grave Concerns by Kai Roberts (-)
6=. Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps by Karl Shuker (-)
6=. The Mystery Animals of Britain (Staffordshire) by Nick Redfern and Glen Vaudrey (-)
8=.   Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (5)
8=. The Mystery Animals of Britain (Kent) by Neil Arnold (-)
8=. Terror of the Tokoloshe by S D Tucker (2)


1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (4)
2.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (4)
3=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (4)
3=. Pygmy Elephants by Matt Salusbury (-)
5=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (4)
5=. Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps by Karl Shuker (3)
7=. Dragons: More than a Myth? by Richard Freeman (-)
7=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (-)
7=. In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
7=. The Island of Paradise by Jonathan Downes (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. The slow sales are continuing. The politicians who claim we are out of the recession are, I believe, talking nonsense. 

CRYPTOLINK: Mayor urges public to take picture of Lake Hopatcong snake

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

The boa constrictor rumored to be swimming in Lake Hopatcong is growing in reputation, gaining a mention on David Letterman's show, inspiring T-shirts, donuts and drinks, but remaining as camera shy as the Loch Ness monster.
"I can't believe nobody's taken a picture of this thing yet," Jefferson Mayor Russ Felter said. "Somebody's got to take a picture of the snake. I'm asking the public to help."
Felter said he's seen people who have said they saw the boa constrictor on social media, but the town or other officials have not fielded calls from them.
"If you see something, call us, then put it on Facebook. Call us right away. And take a picture or even a video if you can. That's the info we need," Felter said. "There are 5,000 boats on the lake Saturday and Sunday, somebody's got to see this thing."
The state Department of Environmental Protection and state police have been actively searching and setting up traps in the area where the snake has reportedly been seen.

Read on...


Hi Jon,In one of the OTTs you were talking about the strange way frog tadpoles were failing to develop and I might have come across the explanation. It could be the way salt is spread on roads in winter.



Bigfoot: The Unsolved Mystery
Local expert Doug Devine will share encounters and evidence of the elusive Bigfoot! Includes original, unreleased flm taken in the Marble

What the Heck is This Thing on the Game Tracker Cam?
I can admit it. This one has me stumped. I have no idea what this is on the game cam. If anyone can identify what this is, please feel free to leave the 

Did anyone else catch the Bigfoot Hunter's visit to Alabama?
I wish I had the video clip to post. That show is entertaining just because it is so hokey to begin with. They visited "central Alabama" for the "first time 

This is the Most Relaxing Bigfoot Video I've Ever Seen
Whether or not you agree with Ed that there are 9 bigfoot in the above photo, some of which are less than a foot tall, the fact of the matter is he does

Radio Host and Crew See 'Bigfoot' in Washington
TROUT LAKE, Wash. -- A radio host says he and his crew witnessed what they believe was a juvenile Bigfoot last weekend. Clyde Lewis, host of the

Into the Woods - Bigfoot Documentary
A Bigfoot skeptic and believer go on a journey in search of answers on this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way they stop at the Oklahoma Bigfoot  


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.