Black Beast of Boreham Mere
Hey, I was just wondering if at anyone here has happened to hear of the Black Beast of Boreham Mere, which would be from Essex I believe. I know virtually nothing about it - the extent of my kinowledge is a bit of a newspaper clipping I saw in a book once. I can't recall the name of the book, but recall it was about vampires, so I don't know if some vampire legend was mixed up with the creature or not. There was a photograph reproduced that showed what looked like a fairly large winged creature - the wings seemed to resemble those of a bat. No head was visible, so I'm fairly sure it wasn't any sort of heron or crane (not sure what of those species are native to the UK), although I can't rule out another type of waterfowl. The picture, I believe, was from the early 1970s - thinking '71, '72, or '73. Also if I recall it was supposed to make loud cries. I've searched for years for any information, but could never find any... which kind of leads me to believe it turned out to be some known species.