1. Approximately how many reported sightings are there of woodwose/bigfoot/wildman in UK?
We have 437 accounts so far, 332 are face to face encounters – the other 105 are accounts are of stones being thrown, running footsteps, large branches snapped and thrown or unidentified howls, growls, screams.
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 7ft tall.
3. Are you aware of them being more or less aggressive than in the US? Or the 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, non of which ever hit the person, and 4 accounts of bluff charges. Mostly they will make noise to divert you from the area they are using; alas most of these accounts get reported as ghosts or paranormal activity.
4. Do we know roughly how many there are?
The honest answer is we have no idea. Some of the sighting reports could be of the same creature on separate occasions, but there would have to be a healthy breeding population, or these sightings and encounters would have trickled off to nothing. In fact the opposite seems to be the case with more and more encounters being reported every year. This could be due to more people out enjoying their free time plus it has become much easier to report them.
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 and 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. Then add in every wild corridor and small copse and woods and 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. Plus all the abandoned land that lies along the motorways and railway verges – virtual hidden highways.
6. What would they eat?
The same food that humans ate when they lived in Britain thousands of years ago. We have destroyed most of our natural food sources, so for the fussy modern man that we have become, it seems impossible that a large creature would find enough of the food groups needed to thrive. Most of the tribes in the world today source much of their protein from small mammals such as rodents, and from insects and grubs. Foraging in hedgerows, woodland, fields and coastal areas can provide a plentiful and varied supply of food.
7. Why is there no history of them?
There is a long and varied history of the woodwoose in the UK. As the centuries progressed, 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 derives it’s named from 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 the trees, are as old as our stories of our own race.
8. Why would they come close to towns?
We have left them no choice. Once, the UK was just forest and wetland, but as we take away more and more 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 learned to live alongside us a long time ago, and adapted because they had to. Sadly, everyday in the UK, an area eight times the size of Sherwood Forest is being claimed in land, a trend we need to reverse and fast.
9. What are they?
That depends on your point of view; there are numerous theories, some of which border on the paranormal, right down to a lost or hidden tribe. Many people think they are some kind of ape, whilst others think they are zooform or ghosts. 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 often 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.
D. L. Hatswell 17/11/17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phi_j5AQOZs