British UFO Research Association

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British UFO Research Association
(BUFORA)
Founded 1964
Headquarters United Kingdom
Key people Jenny Randles (Director 1982 - 1994)[1]
Philip Mantle (Director 1995 -)[2]
Website bufora.org.uk

The British UFO Research Association or BUFORA is a UK organisation formerly registered as "BUFORA Ltd"; dedicated to investigating UFO phenomena in the British Isles. The organisation has around 1,000 members.[3]

History[edit]

In 1991 the book UFO Encyclopedia was compiled for the group by Major Sir Patrick Wall.[4]

Status[edit]

BUFORA investigates over 400 cases a year, with the organisation reporting 95% of them as hoaxes.[5] They run witness support groups for those who believe they have encountered extra terrestrials.[5] The organisation has held an annual conference at Sheffield Hallam University since 1987[2] and hold meetings across the country; with Rendlesham Forest being a frequent spot for gatherings.[6] They have been outspoken critics of the UK government's Freedom of Information Act as it relates to UFOs.[7]

Controversy[edit]

An entry in the UFO Encyclopedia, which was a sighting confirmed as genuine by BUFORA, was later found to be a hoax. The supposed contactee, who claimed to have seen a UFO hovering over the town of Warminster, admitted to the hoax in 1994.[8] In 1995 the group were the only official UFO organisation to endorse a film, purportedly by the US government, showing an alien autopsy at Roswell.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wavell, Stuart (13 July 1985). "Week-end People: Goodbye to little green men / Jenny Randles, national director of investigations at the British UFO Research Association". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Martin, Andy (22 August 1995). "UFO buffs star in off the planet convergence". THE AUSTRALIAN. 
  3. ^ Ellis, Mark (25 June 1997). "UFO FANS SPOT PENTAGON'S '4TH ALIEN COVER-UP'; PENTAGON ACCUSED OF NEW ROSWELL ALIENS COVER UP". The Mirror. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Paul William (13 July 1991). "Of humanoid ants and white balls of light". The Toronto Star. 
  5. ^ a b Simon, Jane (9 May 1998). "THE CREATURES WERE GREEN WITH GLOWING EYES, AND WERE HOVERING ABOVE THE GROUND; INTERVIEW WITH BRITISH UFO RESEARCH ASSOCIATION INVESTIGATOR JUDITH JAAFAR". The Mirror. 
  6. ^ "Group sects; After dark secrets - You'd be surprised who meets up after dark". Time Out. 3 December 2003. p. 13. 
  7. ^ Stanistreet, Michelle (30 January 2005). "UFOs don't exist...Until You Bump Into One: Review". Sunday Express. 
  8. ^ Mouland, Bill (15 April 1994). "Why They Never Cottoned on to the Thing". Daily Mail. 
  9. ^ "Film of 'alien corpse' gives UFO fans a boost". The Vancouver Sun. 8 April 1995. pp. B52.