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A38 Big Cat (2001)

On Wednesday, 22 August, 2001 the BBC News website published the following article entitled 'Lioness' spotted by motorists’

Motorists at a Somerset petrol station raised the alarm when they spotted a "big cat" in an adjoining field. Read More »

Aguas Buenas Creature

On 9 March 1996 Ovidio Mendez reported seeing a strange creature whilst he was burying a mutilated chicken. It was described as walking on two feet and being gray coloured. It had clawed hands, fangs and red slanted eyes.

The map shows Aguas Buenas and not the exact location of the sighting.

Alness Big Cat Attack (2008)

On 19 December 2008 the BBC News website featured a story entitled ‘Woman injured in 'big cat' attack’

An elderly woman has reported being attacked by a large cat in the Highlands. Read More »

Arlecdon Cat (2010)

The following article entitled Mystery Big Cat Spotted was published in on The Whitehaven News website on 28 July 2010. It concerns the sighting of a big cat in West Cumbria.

A MYSTERY big cat has been spotted near Arlecdon. Read More »

Beacon Wood Country Park Big Cat (2006)

This 300 feet high round hill, historically surrounded by ancient woodland once had a beacon upon its summit which was part of the beacon chain used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Read More »

Beast of Badcox (2006)

The following article entitled ‘Hunt is on for the Beast of Badcox’ appeared in the Frome & Somerset Standard on 7th September 2006 and concerns a big cat that was sighted in Victoria Park, Frome.

The hunt is on for a mysterious large black cat that was spotted roaming at night in Frome Victoria Park. Read More »

Beast of Banwell (2007)

In September 2007 an unidentified animale tagged the Beast Banwell was seen by Helen Stokes whilst she walked her dog. The following article entitled 'Back - the Beast of Banwell' from the Eastern Daily Press website is dated 14 September 2007. Read More »

Beast of Bexley

On 19 March 2007 The Richmond & Twickenham Times published the following article concerning The Beast of Bexley. Read More »

Beast of Bexley (2005)

On 25th May 2005 News Shopper published the following article by Linda Piper entitled ‘Return of the Beast’ It focuses on a potential shared sighting of the Beast of Bexley in Bexleyheath. Please note that the map does not show the exact location of the experience. Read More »

Beast of Bexley Sighting (2008)

On 11 August 2008 News Shopper published the following article entitled Beast of Bexley Sighting by Robert Fisk.

A Beast of Bexley-type creature is believed to have been spotted in Thamesmead. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Between Colchester and Lawford

On 28th March 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Lauren Oldershaw entitled ‘Colchester: Fresh ‘beast’ sighting’ in which she detailed a witness account of a large black cat sighting.

‘Another sighting has been made of the elusive so-called beast of Essex. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Colchester

On 28th April 2008 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Gareth Palmer entitled ‘Colchester: Now 'Beast' is seen in cemetery’ which concerned the latest sighting of the Beast of Essex.

The Beast of Essex may have been spotted in Colchester Cemetery. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Great Bentley

On 3rd January 2007, the Daily Gazette featured an article entitled ‘Great Bentley: Mystery beast in accident’ by Jonathan Schofield, which detailed an encounter with what could have been the Beast of Essex.

’A young woman had a lucky escape when her car hit a tree after swerving to avoid a large animal. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Mersea

On 18th May 2007 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Louise Sassoon entitled ‘Mersea: Big cat spotted’. The article detailed the sighting of a creature described as a Lynx.

Pensioner Patricia Seagroatt had the shock of her life after she went for a morning stroll - and came eye to eye with a lynx-like cat the size of a labrador. Read More »

Beast Of Essex: Wivenhoe

On 28th January 2009 the Daily Gazette featured an article by Emily Parsons entitled Wivenhoe: Policeman bumps into 'Beast of Essex' about a sighting of the large black cat that is suspected to be at large in the county.

The Beast is back! Read More »

Beast of Sydenham (2009)

Thankfully reports where big cats have attacked someone are rare, but the following article entitled ‘Big cat chases jogger...is the 'beast' of Sydenham back?’ which appeared on the Newshopper website (14 December 2009) gives an account of a very close encounter with one.  Read More »

Beast of Workington

Is there a large Black Cat prowling West Cumbria? On Friday 8 January 2010 the following article by John Walsh entitled ‘Footprints fuel rumours of the beast of Workington's Borough Park’ appeared in the News & Star. Read More »

Bedminster Crocodile (2014)

The Bristol Post published the following article entitled 'Bristol police hunt for crocodile in Bedminster after bus driver reports seeing one on the loose' (3 February 2014)

Police carried out a 'big game' hunt today after a bus driver reported seeing a six foot crocodile on the loose. Read More »

Beisht Kione

The Beisht Kione was said to be a sea monster residing in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man. The name which means 'the beast with the black head, in Manx is said to have been feared by the local fishermen and sailors.

Big Cat Attack On Horse

Alien Big Cat

There have been recent reports that a Black Puma attacked a horse in Ayrshire.  The following article entitled 'Big cat attack on horse puts parents on guard at holiday park' was written by Steven Henry and Julie Anne Barnes for the Daily Mail, 22nd July 2009.  Read More »

Big Cat Sightings In Cumbria

On 14 November 2011, the following article by S Crawford entitled 'Police open big cat sightings files' was published in the News and Star. 'CUMBRIA police have opened their files on big cat sightings in the county.

Since 2003 there have been 40 reports, the majority being of big black panther-type creatures or lynxes. Read More »

Black Sea Mermen

In 1996 a man named Borovikov was diving in the Anapa region of the Black Sea hunting sharks. Whilst he was eight meters deep he had a strange encounter with a mermaid type creature. In his article UFOs in the Soviet Waters, Paul Stonehill described the encounter. ‘He saw giant beings rising up from below. They were milky-white, but with humanoid faces, and something like fish tails. Read More »

Botcherby Big Cat (2013)

On 20 May 2013 the following article by Emily Parsons entitled 'A BIG cat spotter claims a recent “lynx” sighting in Carlisle is not the first', was published in the News and Star. Read More »

British Dragon Gazetteer

Long Wyrm

No other country on earth has such rich dragon lore as the British Isles. Our tiny little homeland is crawling with legends of these beasts. If you have ever wondered if there is a dragon legend close to where you live, then take a look at the following list. Read More »

Butt of Lewis

A sea monster was reputedly sighted in 1882. Another sea monster was reported in 1895, a few days after a similar creature was seen off Bernera. This creature was supposedly 120' long.

Cannock Chase Creatures

Over the past several years there have been numerous reports of strange encounters on and around Cannock Chase ranging from UFO’s, a Big Foot or Sasquatch, a Big Cat and a Giant Serpent, not to mention its haunting by a Phantom Black Dog.

Below are a series of articles have appeared in the Canock Chase Post and Birmingham Post. Read More »

Cannock Crocodile?

The following article entitled Croc Shock in Cannock was published on the BBC website on 19 June 2003.

’Loch Ness has its monster and Bodmin its beast, but is a ferocious reptile set to put a small corner of Staffordshire on the map? Read More »

Carlisle Big Cat (2009)

The following article by Phil Coleman entitled 'Police Probe After Puma-Like Creature Spotted In Carlisle' appeared in the News & Star on 17 October 2009. Read More »

Carlisle Big Cat (2012)

The following article by Phil Coleman entitled 'Black Panther Spotted In Field Near Carlisle – Claim' appeared in the News & Star on 16 February 2012.

A bus driver has spoken of the moment he spotted what he believes may have been a large black panther in a field a few miles north of Carlisle. Read More »

Carlisle Big Cat (August 2012)

The following article entitled 'Couple Saw Big Cat Near Carlisle's Asda Superstore' appeared in the News & Star on 7 August 2012. Read More »

Cefn Cave Crocodile

Crocodile

There is a tradition that a local man found a crocodile in Cefn Caves, which was a popular visitor attraction. This supposedly occurred near the end of the nineteenth century (approx 1870) and upon discovering the creature he managed to kill it. Read More »

Chance To Be Part Of Project Albion

ASSAP (The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) in partnership with Mysterious Britain & Ireland is opening up its long running Project Albion to enable members of the public to directly contribute towards it. Read More »

Churchfield Wood Big Cat (2005)

According to Alison White in a Newshopper article entitled ‘Sightings of big cats rocket in past month’ (30 December 2006), in January 2005 ‘News Shopper reported how a big cat had been seen near Churchfield Woods, Bexley Village. Read More »

Cowcombe Wood Big Cat (2007)

On 14 February 2007 the following article by Liz Weafer entitled ‘Two Big Cats On The Prowl’ appeared in the Stroud News & Journal. Read More »

Crystal Palace Puma (2009)

On 1 September 2009 Newshopper published an article by Scott Mullins entitled ‘My pursuit of the elusive Palace Puma’ in which he gives the following description of an encounter at Crystal Palace.  Read More »

The Dale Cockatrice

A Cockatrice was supposedly killed here when the peat in which it was hiding were set on fire. It had, according to local tradition been found whilst still in its egg. A woman had got her hen to sit on the egg until it hatched. Unfortunately when it hatched it ate the hen's chicks then ran off. Read More »

Dartford Heath Big Cat (2006)

Helen Wagstaff in a 23 December 2006 story entitled '2 more big cats sighted in county' (Kentonline) gives the following account of an experience around Dartford Heath. Read More »

The Dobhar-chu

The Dobhar-chu or water hound is a lake dwelling creature of Irish Folklore. It is covered in short white fur with a dark cross on it’s back and described as being like a dog or a large sea otter. Read More »

Dobhar-chú of Lough Mask

The following account of a Dobhar-chú in Lough Mask (Lake Mask) appeared in Roderic O’Flaherty’s (1629 – 1718) ‘A Description of West Connaught’ dated 1684 which was translated by James Hardiman in 1846. Read More »

Eltham Big Cat? (2005)

ELTHAM residents fear a big cat is on the loose after foxes were found ripped to shreds.

Laura Downes, 47, of Westmount Road, Eltham, discovered a dead fox in her back garden and thought there was nothing sinister involved.

But when she looked out an hour later nothing was left except clumps of fur, scattered around the garden. Read More »

Faroe Islands Mermaid

In 1723 a Royal Commission from Denmark visited the Faroe Islands in the Norwegian Sea to investigate claims of a mermaid being in the area. They saw a merman approach their ship, submerge then surface to stare at them intently with deep set eyes. Unsettling those aboard, the vessel was commanded to withdraw and as it pulled away, the creature puffed out his cheeks, roared and submerged again. Read More »

Filey Brigg

Filey Brigg is a long ridge of rocks jutting into the North Sea, associated with folklore concerning the Devil and a dragon. Read More »

Flookburgh Big Cat (2012)

On 16 July 2012 the following North West Evening Mail story by Ross Tyson entitled ‘Big cat’ spotted on road' was published.

A COUPLE claim to have spotted a mysterious panther-like big cat while on holiday in the Lakes. Read More »

Forest of Dean Big Cat (2010)

The following small article entitled ‘Girls chased by 'big cat' appeared in the Daily Mirror on 21 May 2010. “A big black cat pursued two schoolgirls after they saw it by a tree in woods, scared 15-year-old Kim Howells said yesterday. Read More »

Ginger Beast of Beckermet

I was intrigued to come across mentions of a Big Foot sighting in Beckermet, Cumbria and sought out the original source, a copy of the Whitehaven News, dated 5 March 1998. Read More »

Great Bernera

In 1895 a sea monster described as having a 15' neck is reputed to have been seen off Great Bernera. This is also the year that whaling began in North Harris, leading to the establishment of a whaling station by 1907.

Green Shark of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Shark

In the Historical Register of Remarkable Events by John Sykes (1833) a strange visitor to Berwick-upon-Tweed is mentioned. In September 1757 a six foot long green coloured shark was caught by a net in the River Tweed just above the bridge at Berwick. Read More »

Guánica Creature

Near Guánica , on 23 December 1995, Osvaldo Rosado, a 44-year old mechanic was washing his car when he had a strange experience with a large creature. As he walked back to the house he was grabbed from behind by what was described as a seven foot tall hairy gorilla like figure. He fought back and the creature ran off. Read More »

Haifa Mermaid

The following article entitled 'Mermaid Fever Makes A Splash In Israel' appeared on the Sky News Website 11 August 2009, written by Dominic Waghorn (Middle East correspondent) Read More »

Helensburgh Big Cat Video

The following article entitled "Policeman takes 'big cat' video" appeared on BBC News Channel website 28 July 2009.

An off-duty Ministry of Defence police dog handler has taken a video of what he claims is a panther-sized big cat.  Read More »

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