The Natural Stuff

The Natural Stuff - Links

Dorset Wildlife Trust - Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 25,000 members.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology - is an organisation dedicated to cryptozoology. The Centre was founded in 1992 by Jonathan Downes and the headquarters are in Woolfardisworthy, North Devon.

Bournemouth Natural Science Society - The Society's Aim is to promote the study of all branches of Science and Natural History. That aim is pursued vigorously and time has allowed the society to build up an impressive foundation. The Society's headquarters at 39 Christchurch Road, which provides the venue for its lectures and meetings.

Four years ago I looked through the old publication of The Natural History of Bournemouth and the Surrounding Area and I thought what a great idea it would be to rewrite it in a modern format. It took a long while for it to be fully accepted and agreed, as it involved a lot of decision making and a lot of dedicated hard work by over a dozen co-authors and a marvellous director. It is very comprehensive; I have written the zoology section, most of the section on invertebrates, mammals and marine life. Also included is a large cat section involving the latest sightings map, information regarding the various species, where they have been seen, and their field signs found by either myself or other people. This book involves all the disciplines of natural history and is a must for any serious naturalist, student or visitor alike. On sale just before Christmas (click here for a preview).

The book is now being published and at the time of writing is being printed. The book will cost £ 19.99 and will be ready for sale just before Christmas, or orders now at £18.00.

Tetrapod Zoology - Darren Naish's well resourced and researched website dedicated to the study of tetrapods (vertebrates with four limbs - birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles).

Dark Dorset - Based on the successful publication DARK DORSET: TALES OF MYSTERY, WONDER AND TERROR by Robert. J. Newland and Mark. J. North. (Iinformation relating to local folklore and mysteries that can be discovered in the county of Dorset).

Mysterious Planet - Geoff Ward explores the alternative universe:
"And take upon's the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies..."
William Shakespeare, King Lear 5:3:17-18

On the trail with Jonathan - Naturalist Jonathan McGowan spotted his first big cat in 1984 while on a badger watch in Dorset. He saw the puma and its cubs several times, and has been studying the mystery ever since.


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Centre for Fortean Zoology Expeditions

Sumatra, Indonesia

In 2011 I went to the rain forests of west Sumatra on one of Adam Davies' expeditions to search for the Orang Pendek.

Here are descriptions of the amazing geography, bio-diversity of life within the jungle; including plants and fungi, invertebrates and other Sumatran wildlife.

Meghalaya, India

In 2010 I went to the state of Meghalaya in North-East India to search for another cryptid (the Mande Burong).

Here you can see photographs and video of this fascinating part of the world.

My Blogs

The Natural Stuff Diary is a weekly record of natural history and is regularly updated.

Big Cat News is my regularly updated field evidence.

My blog on UFOs is my accounts and experiences of unexplained phenomena.