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Aliens in the home! UFOs sighted across the North East England are revealed

We are not alone in the North if the Ministry of Defence’s records of UFO sightings in the last decade or so is to be believed.

Scores of worried people have filed reports after fearing strange lights in the sky were evidence of little green men – with one person even claiming they’d seen an alien in their home.

Twenty six reports have been made of extra-terrestrial encounters since the year 2000, with fast moving, flashing lights the most common complaint.

These include someone in Carlisle who said “a UFO was seen and there was an alien in the witness’s house,” and in August 2004 at Greenside, near Ryton, Gateshead a report that cryptically says that the report is “only alien sightings above the house.”

Other “sightings” include “a three dimensional diamond shaped object, approx. size of a large helicopter,” at Wolsingham, Northumberland in 2005, and someone that called 999 after seeing an “orange ball shape going across the sky on a flight path” in November 2009.

In May 2003 someone reported a “black orb with five or six tassles underneath it” in Gateshead.

While someone else in Hetton-le-Hole was disturbed by “many lights seen up in the sky” in August 2006.

Some people were sure they had seen a UFO. One person reported “a black triangular UFO” that had three lights on Halloween in 2006.

Somebody else was concerned by “two bright orangey/red lights moving towards Durham Tees Valley Airport.” These lights “flew steady, level and straight”.

One of the more detailed accounts says “a silver pyramid that was rotating at a low speed and off centre” hovered over Sunderland in 2006.

Across the UK there were 1999 UFO sightings looked into by the Ministry of Defence between 2000 and November 2009, when the MoD stopped counting.

Nine people specifically mention aliens or something alien about their UFO sighting.

Elsewhere in the UK someone in Bristol reported that “a big alien craft” landed on their house in 2008. It then apparently flew off towards the city.

In April 2005 someone in Basildon said they saw a spaceship with grey aliens sitting on top of it above a bungalow.

Elsewhere in the North in 2001 brightly lit cone shaped objects were seen hovering and speeding along above Berwick, while in Darlington there were reports of “large number of lights flashing and moving around.”

A witness said: “There was white light – like a broad band and then tight! They made a circular sweep.”

While in Hartlepool in February 2009, someone reported that they “saw four spaceships that flew over the house into the sky.”

They had a bright light that faded and was then gone,” he said. “They returned to the same spot they had come from.”

And even Middlesbrough has got in on the act, when in September 2008, a “large, silent craft” was said to have “had bright green lights and a blue light that was moving quickly through the trees.”

Source –  Newcastle Evening Chronicle,  11 Oct 2014

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Head Of Brigantia Statue Uncovered In South Shields

RARE FIND ... The head of Brigantia which was found at Arbeia roman Fort in South Shields.

RARE FIND … The head of Brigantia which was found at Arbeia roman Fort in South Shields.

THE head of an ancient goddess has been unearthed at a South Tyneside Roman fort after being buried for1,800 years.

The discovery of the stone head was made by a member of the community archeology project WallQuest at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

Experts believe it is possibly the goddess of the Brigantes, the tribe that inhabited northern Britain during Roman times.

Brigantia was known to have been worshipped in South Shields, with an altar dedicated to her found at the Baring Street site in 1895 only 100m away from this recent discovery.

Nick Hodgson, WallQuest project manager, said:

“The head is a truly wonderful find. Northern Britain was a dangerous place for the Roman army in the second century AD; if the goddess is Brigantia it shows how keen the Romans were to placate the spirits of the region.”

The relic was found in an aqueduct channel that was filled in about AD 208 to make way for the enlargement of the Roman fort when it became a supply base.

These finds seem to suggest that there may have been a shrine to Brigantia  somewhere close to the present excavation site at Arbeia.

It seems that the shrine got in the way of the extension to the fort and was demolished meaning the statue was broken up.

The head will go on display at Arbeia after conservation work in spring when the museum reopens for the 2015 season.

WallQuest will also return to the excavation sites at Arbeia in spring and members of the public are encouraged volunteer for the project.

Source –  Shields Gazette,  08 Oct 2014

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Parrot found living in Sunderland park

An exotic bird has been seen living in a Sunderland city park – but now a twitcher is hoping to track down the animal’s owner.

Michael Lowes says he first saw the Blue-headed Amazon parrot sitting in a tree in Roker Park, close to where he lives, more than a month ago.

Mr Lowes, a member of Durham Bird Club, says he believes that the animal is someone’s pet that has gone missing from its home.

The bird has been seen mingling with other creatures in the park and eating berries from a Swedish Whitebeam tree.

I’d heard about the bird being in the area and it has a really distinctive shrill,” said Mr Lowes, 63, who lives in Park Parade, Roker.

I live across the road from where the trees are and it’s there first thing in the morning and at night too,” he added.

It’s very bold and if the pigeons come into the tree, it chases them away.

“You can see its claws are sharp by how it rips through the twigs to get berries.

“It’s obviously someone’s pet and needs to get back to them.”

Mr Lowes added that he has tried to find the owner of the bird online, but as yet has had no such luck.

“I posted something on the Sunderland Message Board and there was someone mentioning that a person in Chester Road had lost a parrot, but nothing more came of it.

“Hopefully, the owner sees this and comes to get it back, because with the weather starting to turn worse, you wonder how it will be affected as it gets colder, and that’s what worries me.”

Source –  Sunderland Echo,  08 Oct 2014

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Sightings of another out of place creature in Wallsend

Hot on the heels of recent reports of an Eagle Owl on the loose in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, North East England – https://alchemyandaccident.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/eagle-owl-spotted-in-wallsend/  – comes this…

 

Is it a dog, a badger or an old fox?

Well, experts think this may be the first sighting of a Raccoon roaming free on Tyneside.

The furry mammal, usually found in North America, was spotted by a surprised jogger in Wallsend on Friday morning.

Wildlife experts believe it is the first recorded sighting of the wild beast in the area.

Tom Hughes, 22, was running through the grounds of Wallsend Hall at around 7am when something caught his eye.

He said: “I was running along and came across this curious creature.

“At first I thought it was a badger but its unusual facial markings made me think it was a raccoon.

“It was big and stocky, but very placid and didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere.”

Tom, who lives in Howdon, near Wallsend, is training to be in the Navy.

He said he hasn’t seen anything like this before but hoped to raise some awareness of the creature being out there.

I wasn’t going to go for my run on Friday morning but I’m glad I did now,” he said.

The early bird catches the worm, as they say.”

The last recorded sighting of a raccoon was in Sunderland in 2012.

They are considered dangerous with changeable temperaments, but some people are known to keep them as pets.

Following a change to the law in 2007 which removed the need for a licence, they are becoming more prominent in Britain.

Several sightings have also been recorded in County Durham.

Steve Lowe, head of conservation at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust based in Gosforth, Newcastle, said: “That is either a raccoon or a raccoon dog.

“Because we can’t see the feet we can’t be certain which.

“These are non-native animals which appear to be kept as pets. They can be aggressive so inevitably in such circumstances the owner finds them too hard to handle and abandons them.

“They are also extremely good escapologists. Two were recorded in County Durham recently but this is the first for us and not especially welcome. “

The last record of one was in Sunderland in 2012.

“It may be the same animal although it’s a stretch to say that it definitely is.

For a recent Racoon sighting in Chopwell, Gateshead, see :

https://alchemyandaccident.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/raccoon-spotted-in-north-east-england-garden/

Source – Newcastle Journal, 26 Sept 2014

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Eagle Owl spotted in Wallsend

Eagle Owl spotted in Wallsend garden

A rare Eagle Owl was spotted perching on a roof in Wallsend, North East England.

Garry Smith saw the bird in his garden on Monday lunchtime.

The eagle owl is one of the largest species of the bird and can have a wingspan of up to 74 inches.

It is regarded as one of the most ferocious birds , known to be intolerant of sharing their territory with other birds of prey and owls.

They are known to hunt rabbits and pheasants, but little is known about what else they eat in Britain.

It is not considered a British species as it is a danger to some of the country’s own birds of prey, such as Hen Harriers. Despite that, it remains a protected wild bird.

Garry warned his neighbour not to let his cats out while the bird was in the garden, but said it flew away after someone nearby began made a loud noise.

Source –  Newcastle Journal,  23 Sept 2014

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Raccoon spotted in North East England garden

On the fence: The raccoon photographed by Ralph Lowes.

On the fence: The raccoon photographed by Ralph Lowes.

 They are more usually spotted in North America, so you can imagine the surprise of one North-East householder when he came across this unusual sight in his back garden.

Involved in a dispute with a neighbourhood cat, this Raccoon was discovered on a fence in Chopwell, Gateshead.

Witness Ralph Lowes said:

“I was alerted this evening by a neighbour and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, so went to have a look, and sure enough it looks like a raccoon,” .

“Although how on earth it came to be in our area I have no idea.

“It was in a stand-off with the neighbour’s cat, but eventually moved along fence, so I took some photos in case nobody believed me!”

It eventually dropped down into Mr Lowes’ garden, so he decided to contact the police for advice.

But they don’t deal with missing pets anymore, so I contacted the RSPCA, who advised Petsearch, but Petsearch don’t have a category for missing raccoons – unsurprisingly!” he said.

Mr Lowes is hoping a little publicity might lead to the raccoon being reunited with its rightful owners.

Because the raccoon appeared frightened, we’ve left out a pet carrier for shelter, and some cat food and water. Hopefully we can find its owner, or we’ll have to find some other solution,” he said.

“Still slightly bemused by the whole thing-not something you expect to find in your garden!”

Source –  Northern Echo, 10 Sept 2014

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Rare harvest mouse found in County Durham

An endearing but rare animal for the North East has been found in one of its most northerly locations ever.

A dead Harvest Mouse was found near Bowburn in County Durham and reported to Durham Wildlife Trust.

Trust director Jim Cokill said: “We were alerted to this animal by a member of the public. It is a significant new record.”

The trust checked with the Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC), based at the Great North Museum in Newcastle which collects information and sightings of wildlife in the region.

They have only 45 confirmed sightings for the region stretching back to 1974, so it’s a pretty rare creature,” said Mr Cokill.

Most of the records are in the south, around the Tees Valley, where there was a reintroduction project.

“There are no sightings from the area where this animal was found.

“Although this particular animal was dead, the report does raise hopes that there is a population living in that location and Durham Wildlife Trust will be trying to confirm that.”

The harvest mouse is the UK‘s smallest mouse and only weighs 6g.

It is mainly found from central Yorkshire southwards. Isolated records from Scotland and Wales probably result from the release of captive animals.

Katherine Pinnock, ERIC co-ordinator for the North East, said: “ This is a very exciting record because of the location. It improves our knowledge about this species.”

The find will be discussed at ERIC’s wildlife recording conference on October 11 at the Great North Museum, which is free and open to the public.

People can log any wildlife sightings on www.ericnortheast.org.uk

Harvest mice are extremely active climbers and feed in the stalk zone of long grasses and reeds, particularly around dusk and dawn.

Breeding nests are the most obvious sign indicating the presence of harvest mice.

The harvest mouse is the only British mammal to build nests of woven grass well above ground. Harvest mice have many predators, including weasels, stoats, foxes, cats, owls, hawks, crows, even pheasants and their average lifespan is 18 months.

Harvest mice usually have two or three litters a year in the wild. The young are abandoned after about 16 days.

Source –  Newcastle Journal,  26 Aug 2014

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