The Dorset Big Cats Register
STOP PRESS: National Big Cat Watch Weekend
24-26 August 2012
Mark Fraser of the national research group Big Cats In Britain has organised a National Big Cat Watch weekend for the 24th, 25th and 26th of August
How does it work?
People watch in a their own chosen area, either for the full weekend, a day, a night or even just a few hours. The watch can take place from a hide, a tent, a folded up chair in a field, or your car - anywhere with a good field of view and where you can be quiet and unobtrusive.
If you would like to take part, please complete the form on Mark's website so that we can collate the results. The form can be found here: http://bigcatsinbritain.weebly.com/national-big-cat-watch-weekend.html
The more people around the country we can get to do this, the better the chances are of getting some positive results.
You you don't need special equipment - only a notebook, a camera, and if possible a pair of binoculars.
Complete the registration form here http://bigcatsinbritain.weebly.com/national-big-cat-watch-weekend.html
Mark Fraser can be contacted on:
a sighting of any panther or puma-like big cat in the wild in the Dorset
area or its bordering counties by scrolling down the page to HERE
Report a sighting from elsewhere to the Big Cats in Britain research group (BCIB) HERE
No matter how insignificant the incident seems, or how long ago it took place, your contribution will be very valuable in helping to build up a picture of these elusive creatures. The personal and contact details you send will be kept confidential. Specific locations and other information will also remain as confidential as you think appropriate.
You can also read other people's sightings here, and much more about our county's mysterious panthers, pumas and lynxes and other anomalous big cats - browse through the site starting from the index page.
About me - I am Merrily Harpur - a writer, journalist, cartoonist and illustrator with a long-time interest in the anomalous big cats seen in our countryside. For more info or to commission articles visit www.harpur.org
|More information and index|
|West Dorset sightings|
|East Dorset sightings|
|North Dorset sightings|
|Mystery Big Cats, the book||
What the Dorset Big Cats Register
The information submitted to this site will be used to build up a data bank of sightings, both for the county and nationwide. We hope this might help us to understand the provenance and nature of these creatures and the reasons for their appearance.
Thanks to the Dorset Police, the Dorset Environmental Records Centre, the local newspapers and other media, Mark North, Sarah Smith, Jonathan McGowan, the Big and, of course, the witnesses themselves for their assistance in the project.
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|How to record your sighting||Video, Stroud, February 2012|
Telephone me: 01300 320064 and I will ring you back if necessary.
Write to me: Merrily Harpur, 7 Duck Street, Cattistock, Dorset DT2 0JJ
I will contact you within 24 hours (and usually more quickly) of your email - if I haven't it means there may have been a technical glitch with your mail, so try again!
NB: Any personal details sent to me are in confidence, and will not be published without your permission.
This site is linked to its national version, the Big Cats in Britain research group (BCIB),
co-ordinated by Mark Fraser. To report a sighting outside Dorset or its borders, or to contact Mark, visit
Thank you for taking the time to send
report. It will greatly help our research and is much appreciated.
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