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Monday, 31 August 2009
Dorset Naturalist and Big Cat Investigator Jonathan McGowan gives a lecture about Mystery Big Cats in Britain at the Centre for Fortean Zoology's annual Weird Weekend conference held in Woolfardisworthy, North Devon on 14th August 2009.
For more information about Jonathan's work visit his website at www.thenaturalstuff.co.uk
For more information about the Centre for Fortean Zoology and the Weird Weekend Conference visit www.cfz.org.uk
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Some 50 visitors are braving the attraction’s tunnels on a rare night time opening with ghost expert Alistair Chisholm.
Their adventure on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31, comes before Paranormal Tours holds its first overnight ghost hunt at the fort in October.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
The highlight of the event, organised by the Weymouth-based Dolmen Grove, will be a fire ceremony when a wicker man will be burned.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Families and history lovers will be blazing a trail to Dorchester for a Bronze Age festival at Maiden Castle.
They will be digging up the past at the ancient monument just outside the county town on the weekend of September 19 and 20.
According to the Dorset Echo, Tuesday 16th August, the 100ft long by 60ft pictogram was first noticed by Tony Smith on Monday morning.
The last crop circle know to appear in the area was on 29th June 1994. When a large circle with ring appeared near Snipes Gate, Langton Herring.
The location of the recent crop circle.
- The first reported crop circle in the county, was not far from this current circle, in a field near Bagwell Farm Campsite, Langton Herring in August 1991. This was a simple 10 metre circle with an outer ring.
Bring something comfortable to sit on.The event involves a short walk across uneven ground.All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times)
Part of the Sting in the Tale Festival of Stories 21-31 August 2009. For the full programme click hereFree but Booking essential for more information and joining details contact the Project Officer.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Swimmers were today warned not to panic after two sightings of poisonous jellyfish off the coast near Weymouth.
The Portuguese Man o’ War were spotted off the coast in Weymouth and Worbarrow Bay, near Lulworth.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Wildlife guardians in Weymouth are celebrating some important new arrivals.
The first marsh harriers to breed in Dorset in almost 50 years have successfully raised three chicks.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 12th August 2009
Staff at Weymouth Sea Life Park thought they were seeing double when this giant crab turned up with two right claws.
The curious crustacean, thought to be about 10 years old, was found on the seabed near Swanage by Wareham-based fisherman Simon Clark.READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 12th August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
13th August 2009 2.00pm - Meet Osmington Mills Car Park.
Free but Booking Essential, please contact the Project Officer.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
From the 14th to the 16th of August this year, the sleepy North Devon village of Woolsery is to play host to the largest gathering of monster and mystery researchers in the world. The tenth annual Weird Weekend is bringing speakers from as far afield as Australia to talk on their adventures and discoveries.
This year’s line up includes Rat Scabies, drummer with the legendary punk band The Damned, who will be regaling the audience with tales of his hunt for the Holy Grail (we are NOT joking). Tim the Yowie Man has flown in all the way from Australia to speak about his hunt for the yowie, the yeti like ape-man of the Australian bush. Tim the Yowie Man is an Australian cryptozoologist and paranormal investigator. In 2008, he was nominated for `Australian of the Year` for his work in raising environmental awareness.
Other speakers include:
- Irish scholar Ronan Coghlan will be speaking on the lost continent of Atlantis.
- Tim Matthews on crop circles
- Andy Roberts: Renowned researcher and author, on The Big Grey man of Ben McDhui
- Ecologist Oll Lewis will be giving us his theory on the Kraken, the multi-armed monster of maritime folklore.
- Julian Vane will be showing us some of the weirder exhibits from Devonshire museums.
- Dr Jan Bondeson will be revealing the secrets of the death dealing medieval serpent known as the basilisk.
- From the USA Nick Redfern will be looking into Russian experiments to hybridise humans and apes.
Also appearing will be Sam Shearon; fortean artists who will be exhibiting their monster related artwork. Taxidermist and Dorset Naturalist Jonathan McGowan will be exhibiting his wildlife photography and stuffed animals. There will also be stalls, quizzes, competitions and activities for children.
Venue: Woolsery sports and community hall
For more details, or to interview any of the speakers, please telephone Jon, Corinna or Oll on 01237 431413
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Datura Stramonium, or Devil’s Snare, is used by the South American Indians to poison their hunting spears and fishing hooks, and is prised in some cultures for its hallucinogenic qualities.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
It is billed as the world's strangest weekend happening and the village of Woolsery is bracing itself for an influx of visitors from all across country and the world.READ MORE - Source: North Devon Gazette 6th August 2009
Explorers, palaeontologists, a barrister, an international renowned expert in gout and a world-famous rock star are among the speakers at The Weird Weekend at the Community Hall next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
West Dorset coastguards have been giving warnings after an invasion of more than 100 were found up along the coast.
(See previous blog entry A rare visitor blows into bay)
A rare white sparrow has been photographed by a wildlife enthusiast near Dorchester.
Gardener Trevor Toogood has taken an interest in birds and wildlife all of his life.
But he said he has never seen anything like this pale sparrow before and felt compelled to capture images of it.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Paranormal Tours is holding the ghost hunt at the attraction with special equipment to spot ghosts and signs of supernatural activity.
Monday, 3 August 2009
No summer season in Weymouth would be complete without a series of spectacular firework evenings.
Next years summer special on Weymouth Seafront is sure to attract big crowds enjoying an evening of live music provided by local bands, an abundance of seafront attractions, competitions and of course those magnificent International Fireworks at 9.30 pm.
Dates for 2009
- Monday 3 August
- Monday 10 August
- Monday 24 August
- Monday 31 August
Sunday, 2 August 2009
If and when the summer sunshine ever arrives, so could a wave of potential dangers in Dorset.
There is a multitude of beasties itching to take a bite out of you, from man-eating sharks and big cats to angry squirrels.
The gentle pleasures of a summer's woodland walk have become darker and duller, thanks to fertiliser from farms and the ancient art of coppicing dying out.
The discovery came after botanist Sally Keith retraced the steps of the pioneering ecologist Professor Ronald Good, who cycled the lanes of Dorset in the 1930s, recording in great detail the plants he found. Of the 1,500 woodland sites Good noted, Keith revisited almost 100, as close to the day and month of the original survey as possible.