A glimpse into the history of big cats in Britain.

Big cats in Britain

In the very first edition of Beyond the Line e-Magazine, cryptozoology has many and varied subjects within it, from the chupacabra to the domestic hamster. However in Britain, it seems, the Big Cats are the most well known of these enigmatic creatures. They’re not just the most well known, they’re also one of the most common mysteries encountered in Britain. So lets look through a brief history of Big Cat sightings and encounters in Britain. 

The first ever possible recorded sighting of mysterious big cats in Britain was in a book from the 1760s, entitled Rural Rides by the radical writer William Cobbett. In it he details seeing a cat “as big as a middle-sized Spaniel dog” climb into a hollow elm tree in the ruined Westerley abbey in Farnham near Surrey. Later he saw a “lucifee” (North American lynx) “and it seemed to me to be just such a cat as I had seen at Waverley.” Another old report was found by David Walker from The Times in 1827 of a “lynx” being seen, and the Big Cats in Britain have a report of a tiger being seen in Scotland in 1927!

 

Even further back there’s a medieval Welsh poem, called Pa Gwr in the Black Book of Carmarthen, which mentions a Cath Palug, meaning “Palug’s cat” or “clawing cat”, which roamed Anglesey until it was killed.

 

There is a quiet period for many years, up until the 1960-1970s when it became fashionable for people to keep imported big cats of all sizes and species as exotic pets. It is unsurprising then that a spate of sightings of big cats roaming the countryside happened during that time. Even more so when you consider the Act that was brought about in 1976 when authorities realized that unless looked after properly these still wild animals were a danger to those who kept them. The Dangerous Animals Act of 1976 required all owners of their pet big cats to have a licence, insurance and one certain space where the animal could be kept. Of course, a lot of people keeping these animals could not afford this nor bear to part from them or have them taken away, so rather than handing them over they instead released them into the wild. It’s believed by a lot of people that this is the main reason for the sightings in Britain then and now, as it is possible that these released animals could have established a breeding population. I happen to {mostly) disagree, but that’s for another big cat related article. 

 

The Nottingham Lion was first reported in 1976 by two milkmen in Tollerton, but despite a search by police and citizens for the animal, they could not find any evidence of it’s existence, despite the total of 65 reports they received.  

The reported Beast of Bodmin Moor is (or was) more than likely one of these creatures, as it appeared shortly after the Act was put in place. From 1983 onwards, there have been at least 60 recorded sightings of big cats in that area to the present day. This at the very least signifies that a large cat like creature was roaming that area for a long time. 

 

The Beast of Exmoor, first sighted roaming the moors in the 1970s (escaped or released pet by a distraught owner perhaps?). However this particular beast did not gain it’s fame until 1983, when a farmer claimed to have lost over 100 sheep in the space of three months, all with injuries to the throat. There have been sporadic reports since then, even three photographs of the beast, but no conclusive evidence has yet been found. 

The Surrey Puma of the 1960s has been joined by the Fen Tiger, the Beast of Ongar, the Pedmore Panther, the Beast of Gloucester, the Thing from the Ling, the Beast of Borehamwood, the Wrangaton Lion, the Beast of Shap, the Beast of Brentwood, the Lindsey Leopard, the Lincolnshire Lynx, the Wildcat of the Wolds, the Beast of Roslin, the Kilmacolm Big Cat, the Beast of Burford, the Chilterns Lion, the Beast of Castor, the Beast of Sydenham, the Shooters Hill Cheetah, the Beast of Bucks, the Plumstead Panther, the Beast of Bexley, the Beast of Barnet, the Nottingham Lion, the Durham Puma, the Horndon Panther, the Beast of Cricklewood, the Beast of Bont, the Beast of Gobowen and that’s not even all of them. 

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Some reports

In 1993 an ocelot was tentatively identified living in Britain. 

 

In 2001 in May, a Lynx nicknamed “Lara” was captured in Cricklewood, North London. No zoos or circuses reported an animal missing during that time, so either it was an escaped, unregistered and unlicensed pet, it was a part of a relic lynx population (the European lynx lived in Britain up until 500 AD, when it apparently became extinct), or it was a part of a population of those cats established during the mass release of the 1970s. 

 

Many reports of big cats were made during the year of 2003, including sightings of lions. leopards and pumas. 

In 2004, the BBCS reported over 2123 sightings of big cats in Britain, that was published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine. A Warwickshire gamekeeper reported seeing a large black cat poaching his pheasants before taking off when it saw him that same year.

 

2006 a man was trimming his hedge when a large black cat emerged from it, studied the stunned fellow and strolled off. A woman also reported a large black cat bounding across the road in front of her when she was driving near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

 

In 2007, reported by Big Cats in Britain, two people watched a big cat in their garden at High Hesleden.

 

July 2008, a big cat was filmed near a military base in Scotland, as reported by The Telegraph.

 

A tweet sent out by Norwich police this February calling for witnesses to a large cat prowling the city, which was picked up by the BBC.

 

There have been many reported sightings this year, many of course reported by the BCIB, including a couple who saw a very large cat in their garden near Haden Bridge hop the fence and walk away, a woman who saw a large cat near her home in Scotland chase some deer into a wood and a golden coloured cat running across the road from Hopwas Wood in Whittington. Fortean Times also reported two instances this year of people seeing lynxes-once with a cub! And this isn’t even the half of it, for this year alone.

Big Cats clearly have been reported in Britain for a while, since even before the craze of the 1960-1970s, and they’re definitely not going anywhere soon – judging by the constant flow of reports. You never know, if you keep an eye out, you might get lucky and have a sighting of your own.

 

See you on the other side,

Sylvia Wix

Mystery of Utsurabunae

The mystery of Utsurabunae (or Hollow craft)

UTSURA3Utsurabunae translates as “Hollow ship” and this most fascinating legend dates back to 1803, tracing its origins to the northern beaches of what is now modern day Tokyo. A large disc shaped vessel washed up upon the shore. When the local people investigated, they found inside a young, beautiful woman. She didn’t speak in a language that the Japanese people could identify, there were written inscriptions inside the craft that they couldn’t understand (possibly the same language) and large inscriptions on the outside of the vessel, and she was clutching a golden box that she wouldn’t let anyone else touch.

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In Japan there is a practise, where widowed lovers kept the head of their partner in a box, that they took everywhere. However, the box this woman clutched was a little bit different from the ones traditionally used for that. The legend of the ‘Utsurabunae’ or ‘Hollow Ship’, This legend has puzzled historians for a century or so since it occurred, Indeed there is a possibility that it came from the area of the submerged Yoneguni monument nearby? Five different pictures of this craft have survived in different areas of Japan, and they all depict the hollow, disc shaped craft and the story associated with it.UTSURA1






This is a recreation of Beyond The Line issue 4 article “Legend of Utsurabunae” which can be viewed free online http://www.issuu.com/kristianlander

Kristian.

Paranormal Network archive – Weather – Orb comparison. A case of mistaken identity

(Original article available at http://www.paranormalnetwork.co.uk)

Here are a number of example photographs taken in a variety of weather conditions. Which show evidently how natural conditions coupled with the camera  flash create on screen anomalies which have sparked the “spirit orb” conversations.

Orbs are created as a digital camera artifact, with the flash being so close to the lens anything in and around the lens becomes illuminated creating light balls, strange reflections, coloured lights – the multiple colours are generated much in the way a rainbow is created. And is a brilliant example of this, light is made up of different wavelengths each a different colour of the spectrum. As light is scattered through a droplet or moisture it splits into its colours.

 

 

 

A particularly heavy downpour in Autumn 2007, see how the light captures the raindrops thought to be the “teardrop” but are in fact spheres/globules

 

Same rain storm

 

 

Moisture and water kicking out droplets caught here as “Orbs”

 

The act of waving incense photo captures wave of the smoke being generated.

Paranormal Network took this image a Mind, body and spirit festival a number of “psychics” and those with connections to information none of us living folks here, apparently a whole communication network of truth – they revealed this image to be that of a actor who had played Phantom of the opera, which is why there is the “theatre” mask. Another said great sadness as it is the lingering spirit of as girl who is on the verge of becoming an angel due to her pure nature. A third said angry and vengeful spirit who was following me and that i needed a clearing and a healing which would cost me just 25pounds. What this was really was a “sage jostick” being waved in woodland.

A trip to Matlock, looking under the bridge with the water flowing beneath and damp moist conditions seemed a great photos and low and behold “orbs”.

A misty with no flash

A misty with flash. Now we have mass amounts of “Orbs”

 

Light/Medium rain

 

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Images courtesy of Paranormal Network archive: Kristian Lander.

Did a UFO crash in Hucknall in November 1987?

The alledged crash took place on the date of November 12th 1987, whilst most people were asleep in bed. The silence of the night was shattered in the early hours after a thunderball tore through homes in Kirkby in Ashfield. Freak weather was blamed at the time, but since the event multiple witnesses have come forward. Certainly something highly sensitive and inexplicable happened that night. Windows of 13 houses were blown out, chimney stacks fell from roofs, severe damage to buildings due to an airborne collision were reported.

First hand reports of military activity in the area of the A60 known as Thieves wood, closing off of roads, implementation of armed guards, systematic questioning of locals. People were stopped in their cars, by a road block near Annesley and told they could go no further as a helicopter had come down in the local woods. Other witnesses had snippets of information an object of intense light was trying to avoid built up areas and was veering south towards the Hucknall airfield.

A regular bus driver of the A60 route at the time recalls the time very well. Dominic Beglin of the East Midlands UFO Research association held a public talk and discussion regarding the UFO Crash in 1997, in Basford. Mr Beglin quoted an Ashfield district councillor “God only knows how no one was killed, it was like the blitz” during his talk. Witnesses at the time said the ball of light didn’t travel in a straight line witnesses claim to have seen in dive down and up again distinctly over the hills and lay of the land. Thieves wood has a number of tales of its own.



Reports of ghosts, apparitions, strange sensations… well this as you can imagine can only add to the list going on there and adding to the local lore.

Information lifted by cuttings from Hucknall Dispatch held at Hucknall Library/Local studies. A.Smith. East Midlands UFORA.

Collated by Kristian Lander

Here is a couple of shots in recent years of UFO reports and images in recent years.

Enigma talk – 9th February 2012, Lincolnshire Poacher, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

Enigma: “Strange and most curious. Places and stories that defy explanations.”


Kristian Lander, of the Paranormal Network – is the guest speaker at the NPN Monthly moot meeting tomorrow evening.

An informal talk, discussion and presentation. Picture and video session covering a number of ancient sacred sites and their Enigmas.
Mohenjo-daro, Derinkuyu and Carnac being some of the highlights.

There will be a brief introduction, accompanied by some video clips and pictures. following each with a discussion.
Carrying over and expanding on some of the information from the talk at the Empryean meeting in January.

Plus a number of psychical experiments of telepathy, remote viewing and psychometry.

Throwing in some local spooky and strange stories, which we have been involved with. with pictures and video from our archive. Some of which have never been shown before.

Occurring at 7.30 pm £2 on the door. 

Lincolnshire Poacher

161-163 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 3FR

Thursday 9 Feb 2012

Special thanks to Lee Brockbank for use of hardware.

Anomaly: Journal of research into the Paranormal volume 45 Nov 2011 now available

Volume 45 is now available, clocking in at a good size of 251 pages of accessible Journal papers published by the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena and is available for purchase of £10 ($20). There is a quote which I comes to mind “Extraordinary results through the wise application of knowledge” (Which comes from Ron Young). ASSAPs Anomaly does just that, provides knowledge from which to build structure and look to discover the extraordinary.

A list of the articles and conference papers contained within, should wet your appetite enough to encourage you to obtain a copy of this excellent publication.

The effects of religious priming on pseudohallucinations induced by mirror gazing – Alex Rugens
Ethical issues in spontaneous phenomena investigations – Dave wood and Christian Jenson Romer
Rendelsham Forest incident: Overview – Robert Moore

Hilary Evans: An Obituary – Hugh Pincott
Why everything we think know about ghost is (probably) wrong – Christian Jenson Romer
Problems in establishing the authenticity of crop circles – Trystan Swale
Anthropology of spirit mediumship, animism and altered states of consciousness – Jack Hunter
The future of paranormal investigation: onwards and upwards for the next 30 years – John Fraser
Further comments on alleged phone calls from the dead – Cal Cooper
Bigfoot/sasquatch evidence – Paul Vella
Infrasound and its association with paranormal experiences – Steve Parsons
Power to the people: the role of consciousness in paranormal research – Hugh Pincott
Seeing relationships that dont exist: Paul Rogers
Head and tales: Strange case of the Hexham heads – David Taylor
Effect of paranormal belief on response bias in an EVP task – Simon Sherwood
RAND, UFOs, Superstition and the psychological warfare – Mark Pilkington

Not to mention more! including brilliant book reviews and correspondence. Anomaly 45 should be in the hands of any person considering themselves to be a paranormal investigator, follower of the unexplained or a curious observer looking to learn. For me personally, who attended ASSAP30 Seriously Strange conference event and got to listen to many of the talks by those active in the field of research and academia. My scribbling hand wasn’t fast enough on the day for taking notes of such involving presentations and information. ASSAP have played an ace from their sleeve by publishing them here for just £10 this deserves to be in the collection and would make an ideal gift for someone involved in any of the aspects of the unexplained.

Paranormal Network Research Project – Participate in the survey ONLINE today!

THE SURVEY IS NOW LIVE ONLINE!

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You and your team can participate in possibly the first of it’s kind survey going out to all paranormal/unexplained/research/investigation themed groups. We would like your inclusion.

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