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4 big cats in the county ?

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2 small clusters of sightings have been developing in the county. In the Storrrington general  area a medium sized big cat of around 22" at the shoulder or labrador sized has been reported.  All sightings have been of a cat out in the open but near dense cover which it shoots back into when realising it has been seen. The second clump of reports has been coming in from the last month in the Ashdown forest area again, this time it seems to be of a very large black cat that on 1 occas...

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Big cat seen with cubs

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1)

A possible sighting has come in from the Chichester area of  a big cat with 2 cubs playing and running about. Described by the 2 witnesses as being light brown with long cat-like tails they defintely were not foxes. Investigations are continuing however this year has been notable by the leap in the number of sightings coming in and also the dominant colour seen has swapped from black to brown. The 2 cubs sighting, if true would be evidence of breeding success and the rapid increase in si...

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Both black and brown cats on Ashdown forest

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

There has been some intense big cat activity on the Ashdown forest these past 3 months. Sightings of a medium sized black cat have been reported from  the Uckfield area, Crowborough, Upper Hartfield and of the brown one over at Nutley, Wych cross and Forest row at the golf course again. The brown big cat has all the appearance of a mountain lion according to witnesses and was seen even with the white bits on it's face. Sleek, shiny fur stocky legs walking exactly how a big cat shoulld do...

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Spring flush of sightiongs

Posted on May 13, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (12)

A spring flush of sightings have come in from most corners of the county. First up and a big cat was seen 11/5/17 in fields at Bevendean made famous 2010/2011 for the "beast of Bevendean" reports in the local press. Seen from the Drove road it was in the same area where most of the reports came from. In rural Heathfield a couple of nights ago and a ginger cat the size of a fox was seen in a garden. This area has seen more than it's fair share of a number of different coloured cats fox or whip...

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Big cat filmed crossing road nr Battle

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A big cat was seen crossing a road in the Battle area East Sussex on the 30th november. Dash cam footage by the witness showed a very large black shape moving fast and although blurred due to the speed it moved it's difficult to account for the animal being anything else. Said to be larger than the labrador sized cat often reported the sighting concurs with the size of animal usually reported from this area. I investigated the area shortly after the sighting however the ground was quite dry a...

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Summer sightings

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of the summer big cat activity has been spread over the middle of Sussex stretching from Lewes and Ashdown forest into the north of Sussex like Balcombe and Horsham. There have been the odd sighting elsewhere but in these places clusters of sightings have shown a high degree of activity which interestingly have no time overlaps. All bar 2 have been of a medium sized black cat( typical size comparisons from witnesses were labrador,large spaniel) although it would be presumptive to think i...

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Summer sightings

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Most of the summer big cat activity has been spread over the middle of Sussex stretching from Lewes and Ashdown forest, Mid Sussex, Petworth and Petersfield. There have been the odd sighting elsewhere but in these places clusters of sightings have shown a high degree of activity which interestingly have no time overlaps. All bar 4 have been of a medium sized cat( typical size comparisons from witnesses were labrador,large spaniel) although it would be presumptive to think it was one big cat r...

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Sightings concentrated in West Sussex

Posted on April 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

There were not a lot of sightings coming in over the winter months, the few that did were concentrated on the Hampshire and Surrey borders. Mostly of a dark brown big cat that appeared now and then and also of a labrador sized black big cat all sightings of which were well west of Petersfield. The vey wet winter we had contributed to the lack of reports coming in as people would spend less time outside and also the general visibilty was poor. The usual winter evidence searches were carried ou...

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Sighting at Staplefield

Posted on October 11, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

There was sighting of a big cat in the Staplefield area recently. It was said to of been black in colour and the size of a large dog it ran off when seen and fits the profile of the other sighting a few days before from not too far away leading to presumptions of it being the same cat. Other witness reports have come in sporadically from the far east of the county and also the far west but no clusters of sightings. 

Winter sightings coming in.

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)
Sightings are coming in from the usual winter areas of the large forestry blocks in the north of the county like Balcombe and the well drained soil areas of far West Sussex like Bepton and Petworth. Absent now are the Wealden clay places and tge downs. This could change with an extended dry and cold period allowing the cats to move around more easily on pre

Polegate big cat sighting

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (1)

A big cat with a long slender body and  the characteristic long slightly curved tail was seen last week in the Polegate area walking nonchalantly amongst rabbits in a field who ignored the predator in their presence. At this time of year rabbits are feeding increasingly in daylight and becoming braver by the day when many rabbit sentries posted will give advance warning of impending doom (Lockley) I feel sure the big cats are targeting rabbits very much at this time of year but much...

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Cluster of sightings in West Sussex

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A cluster of sightings is starting to develop in West Sussex in a block of country that has historically seen high big cat activity but has been very quiet for the last couple of years.The first one reported on febuary 15th was in the general area of Fittleworth when a witness described seeing a large black cat the size of a Labrador run across a field into some woodland.The area is noted for it`s sandy soil and so adds weight to the theory that in times of wet winters big cats stick mos...

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All quiet on the sightings front

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been very quiet on the sightings front since at least the mid of last December which was when these rains of biblically epic proportions started after a very dry autumn. This is usual for when there is no let up in rainy weather and boggy ground fewer people are around to see these big cats and the cats themselves appear to stick to the better drained and more wooded areas of the county where they are that much harder to be seen. This has been echoed in previous very wet winters most n...

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Possible wild cat nr Crowborough

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)
29th of august around midnight,a vehicle driving past Herons Gyll near Crowborough and 2 witnesses reported to this website seeing what they could only describe as a large wild cat closely resembling a Scottish wild cat. Much larger than a domestic of a tabby colour they described seeing a clubby tail with distinctive black stripes just like a Scottish wild cat however they could make out a white tip on the tail. I have been reliably informed by members of the Scottish wild cat society that numb... Read Full Post »

Uckfield puma sighting

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
18th august at 7:30 and a lady walking her dog along a country lane to the west of Uckfield saw an extremely large cat best described as a mountain lion or puma around 50 yards in front just in the field. It was of a tan colour with a long tail curled up at the end tapered off and walked in a slow, relaxed way pausing to stretch. It was described as looking very muscular and healthy looking and at ease with it`s surroundings. Coming from the direction of a nearby wood and hadn`t seen either the ... Read Full Post »

Has the Eastbourne big cat moved on?

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Little has been heard of the big cat of a brown colour seen on the South downs recently, commonly called the Eastbourne big cat, since the 17th july when a witness out walking on the downs behind Seaford reported to this website a sighting of a very large cat, tan or reddy brown in colour, pointed ears, long tail...we all know the description by now...has to be the same cat. Once again this mystery cat was seen in the mid-morning time, at a distance and the witness reporting seeing a slow moving... Read Full Post »

Another Eastbourne South downs big cat sighting

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Yet another sighting in from the South downs in the Eastbourne area of a brown big cat, this is the third report with matching descriptions. This time the witness mentioned mottled small spots under the fur similar to leopards but more spread out. The overall brown colour of the fur had an almost gingery hue to it as the sun caught the fur. The face was said to of been more angular than a mountain lion and not as stocky or muscular, the tail was long. Height said to be just shy of 2ft at the sho... Read Full Post »

Poss.sighting of big brown cat in from Eastbourne area

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A sighting from the South downs in the Eastbourne area has just come in of a very large animal that was at first partially hidden from view in the long grass.Described by the witnesses as being of an almost gingery colour(often brown cats are said it give off a gingery hue when the sun catches their sleek coats in summer) it then got up and loped off unlike any dog and more cat-like.It had a smooth coat and the nearby sheep with lambs in tow paid no notice to it.Although not 100% sure th...

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Big cat sighting near Lewes

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A sighting of a big cat has come in from the Lewes area on the 7th June. Seen  at 1:45pm near Kingston,East Sussex which nestles in the South Downs, it moved slowly along a hedge then into bushes.Described by the 2 witnesses as being 65cm tall,of a sandy(puma) colour having long legs and a very slim body. Could this be a long legged cat?Or is it just a very young and athletic looking British big cat but just of the not often seen brown colour instead of black.Sightings of large wild cats...

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Numbers of big cats in Sussex

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Clearly only an estimate but the numbers of big cats in Sussex does seem to of fallen drastically in the last year or so or rather more accurately the areas where they are being seen has fallen.In 2010/2011 I surveyed Sussex by sightings and other evidence gathering to come up with a figure of around a dozen big cats that were being seen or leaving evidence behind in the form of kills and/or paw prints and could possibly group that data to specific areas where I believed certain cat...

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