1. Approximately how many reported sightings are there of woodwose/bigfoot/wildman in UK.?
We have 560 approx accounts in the UK so far, many are face to face encounters and the others are accounts of stones being thrown, running footsteps, large branches snapped and thrown, unidentified howls, whoops, growls, screams, wood knocks, walking around camp, hands under tents, eyeshine, shadowing behaviour, feeling of being watched, bluff charges, to the extent people can be surrounded on all sides and ‘herded’ out of the area, dark quick running figures, figures dropping to all fours and belly crawling away in seconds. All possible habits of our Wildman
2. How tall are they?
The heights listed in the sightings vary from as little as 4 feet up to 10 feet, but that is a very rare example, most reports state, an upright creature covered in hair/fur at around an average of 7 ft tall.
3. Are you aware of them being more or less aggressive than US? Or same?
There are no documented attacks in the Uk, the most aggressive accounts state “I was chased from the wood” they seem to be very good at scaring people away, without any violence or physical harm, there are accounts of branches thrown, tents destroyed, large stones thrown, which on at least one occasion in the NE hit the researcher in the face. As mention in the earlier paragraph many differing techniques are used to remove people from an area, quickly and in a state of confusion, an almost ‘shock and awe technique. Alas most of these accounts get reported as ghosts or paranormal activity, if they ever get reported at all. Where would your average Brit go to report their experience?
4. Do we know roughly how many there are?
The Honest answer is we have no idea, some of the reports could be the sighting of the same creature on a few occasions, but there would have to be a healthy breeding population, or these sightings and encounters would of petered off to nothing, when in reality the complete opposite seems to be the case, with more and more encounters being reported every year, this could be down to more people are out enjoying their free time in the Woodlands and Valleys, it may be that it has become much easier to report an encounter now. We also have to take onboard the theories other than a flesh and blood living creature. Not all researchers believe the ‘flesh and blood corporeal’ aspect and feel a dimensional, Paranormal or Extra Terrestrial type of ‘Creature’ is at play. If so this does away with the need for land, food, water, shelter, or elusiveness.
5. Where would they live?
There are 10 National Parks in England, 3 in Wales and 2 in Scotland, they are: England – Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and South Downs.Wales – Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Snowdonia Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs.We then have to add in, all the private land owned by the government and declared “of geo interest” the Ministry of Defence owns thousands of acres of land, and then add in every wild corridor and small copse and woods, there is ample cover and places to dwell happily away from man. The woodland trust alone owns around 0.86 million hectares of land that is of Geo Importance. And then every abandoned land that lies along the motorways and railway verges, virtual hidden highways. In the latest govt survey less than 10% of the UK is Urbanised this included roads, and playing fields and golf courses. Govt Urban Stats
6. What would they eat?
The quick answer is the same food that humans ate when they lived in Britain thousands of years ago. Although it would seem we have destroyed most of our natural food sources, that really is not the case, there are ample food sources out in nature we simply have long forgotten about, if we even had the knowledge in the first place, our ancestors did just fine before the Coop opened and had a much healthier more suited diet. So for the fussy modern man we have become, it seems impossible that a large creature would find enough of the food groups to thrive. Most of the tribes in the world today have a diet made of bugs, grubs, ants, insects, bark, lichens, seaweed, fruit, and small mammals,snakes and shellfish, and that is before we start on plants, trees, grains, seeds, beans and their uses , It isnt to hard to imagine roaming between woodlands to coast how many opportunities we could find for foraging hedgerows, woodland, fields and coastline, there is a plentiful supply of food for all. We should also remember many centuries before the spice trade in the 15th century we humans were not looking for taste and cuisine, more nourishment and nutrient than taste and flavour. We didn’t have the diseases most modern man has, and if we did they too were passed down our genetic line but back then we knew the plants that prevented or cured them. Long ago here on our small Isle we hunted, foraged, trapped, picked, tapped, fished, netted, ambushed, scavenged all of our dietary needs.
7. Why is there no history of them?
There is a long and varied history of the woodwoose in the uk, as the centuries changed so did his name, from brown jack to the green man, england has always had a “wildman” of the woods, today we call him the wildman or use the american term bigfoot. Albion is named for Albina and her giant offspring which were mentioned before the first century AD. Tales of hairy giants that live in the woods, steal cattle and crops and chase visitors from within the trees are as old as out stories of our own race. The Gual speak of the ‘Satrass’ between 390 BC to 5th Century BC. The wildman of Yallam in the 17th century, he is in our churches, our written history, our spoken history, like the Woodwose of old, ‘a hairy, thick set, creature which seemed human and ape like at the same time. Every early worship here in the UK was based on Nature and her Caretakers. Some people believe ‘they’have always been here along side us, some even believe they were here first? I dont know anything about that, but I do know they seem far better suited to the Earth than we do. Humans can not survive on this planet without our basic needs being met, Food, shelter, water, fire and clothes keep us humans alive every day of the year.
8. Why would they come close to towns?
Some people agree it may be that we humans have not left them any choice in the matter, at one point the Uk was one huge forest and wetland, with as many eco habitats as you could find in an Aboral Forest, mountain regions and green valleys, but as we take more and more away from the green spaces, “they” are forced closer and closer to us everyday. Even in the forests and woodlands that are “their” homes, we enter on a daily basis, to ride or walk or enjoy nature, ‘they’ have learnt to live alongside us unseen ‘they’ along time ago, and adapted because they had to. Sadly everyday in the UK more and more land is being claimed for private use or building as we speak, a trend we need to reverse and fast. Eco laws boycotted due to clever loopholes. Green belt being turned into shopping centres and homes, housing estates and schools, hospitals and trading estates, reducing nature to smaller and smaller ‘green corridors’ Luckily only 7% of the UK is urban, that statistic also includes roads and motorway. So for all we see ourselves as ‘Urbanites’ we are only ever a short walk away from nature, everyone of our Counties, Towns and Cities are not only surrounded by Areas of Natural Beauty, Nature Reserves, River Valleys and land owned privately by the Colleges for study and scientific interest but also M.O.D land they also have Rivers and Streams running through them with out to the sea. There are 90 estuaries in the UK and 27 River Valleys. The river Medway alone has 16 accounts of an upright hairy, large dark, ‘bigfoot or ape like creature, the latest being Jan 2019
9. What are they?
Depending on your point of view, of which there are many, there is a wide and varied amount of theories, some of which seems to border on the paranormal, right down to a lost or hidden tribe. Many people think they are some kind of ape, others think, zooform or ghost, the reports come in from all types of witnesses, and their mindset can play into what they saw, there is no accepted history of the wildman here in the uk so most jump straight to werewolf or ghost, Time slips are always mentioned and the idea that somehow they play into the earth’s dimensions and portals? I think it would help in the understanding and research if we viewed them as a cousin or brother that chose a different way of life, it makes it much easier to understand. Early Hominid Ancient Man Simple Ape Sentient Being Extra terrestrial Dimensional Unknown Corpureal Zooform Spirit Time Slip Metaphysical
10. How do they move around unseen?The UK is under run with cave systems and this offers just one possible theory on where they come from, where do they live and how are they moving around unseen. For this question we have to go with the theory ‘they’ are a physical nutrient needing hominid of some kind. If they are a living flesh and blood creature, they may use different tactics for moving from one area to another, we get many accounts of ‘them’ along side the road, crossing from one wood to another, lots of accounts along the rivers and streams, many sighting close to urban areas are in the valley country parks and they could use the rivers as we use roads, ‘they’ may also move at opportunist times, when we are all in doors and sound asleep, but we have many day time encounters, the simple answer is ‘they just do’ because the accounts are at all hours of the day, all in different seasons and weather, we do however see some routes forming by mapping the accounts and where they happened.
When checking the sighting areas and mapping them we were able to see that many of the accounts are very close to a small streams or brooks that connect to a major river, we also found that routes seemed to be appearing on the mapped accounts, almost as if lines of travel were being used. There are a number of theories behind what this means, it could be that as humans we too congregate around water, and its the place we are most likely to see them? They may use the waterways like travel routes, ease of cover, food on the good and at dawn and dusk would make for ideal corridors,, we also noticed that the sightings very close to town come very close to either an urban green corridor EG: The Irwell Valley, The Lea Valley, The Coln Valley and many more natural nature corridors in most of our major cities.. Many accounts are on or near the local golf club? and for some reason neolithic sites seem to be of importance, we are unsure if these are early landmarks or are important for reason we dont understand yet.
D. L. Hatswell 26/3/18
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