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:
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

Mark Fraser can be contacted on:
07780 765412
    Report 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.

My new book Roaring Dorset! - Encounters with Big Cats covers (nearly!) all the big cat sightings in the county. Read more about the book, or buy it HERE

My book Mystery Big Cats is the only comprehensive study of the phenomenon nationwide over four decades. Read more or buy it HERE

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


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      Mystery Big Cats, the book   What the Dorset Big Cats Register is for
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.
      Roaring Dorset! - the book      
      How to record your sighting   Video, Stroud, February 2012    
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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 your report. It will greatly help our research and is much appreciated. 
To view other sightings and navigate around the site, begin at the
Information Index page.

I hope you enjoy the site. Any feedback is welcome.


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