By Paul Watt
The Hampshire UFO society started in early 2011 with the aim of bringing together like minded people to share and discuss ufology and UFO experiences.
We have regular meetings and sky watches. The meetings generally take place in Portsmouth and the sky watches usually occur on the beach at lee-on-the-Solent.
So far we have had several unidentified sightings, I'm hesitant to say that they are extra-terrestrial in nature as they could easily be either man made (air force experimental aircraft , satellites etc.) or natural phenomena (i.e. meteors or celestial objects distorted in Earth atmosphere). I'm reminded of the wave of UFO “black triangle” sightings, most of which were later credited to the US air forces testing of the stealth aircraft.
I approach the subject of ufology with a sceptics eye, I believe that 99.9% of sightings can be explained, sometimes only after a period of investigation, but it’s that 0.1% that can't be accounted for that drives me, and the other members, to research, catalogue and report the sighting.
You don't have to be a member to report your sighting to us; you don't even have to give your name. I would suggest that if you would like to report to us and want to remain anonymous, create a free email account with a provider like Hotmail or Gmail. I absolutely respect your wishes and will not pass on your details.
Membership of the society is completely free and you can remain anomouse if you so desire. There is no formal membership, no subs at all and I don't give out membership cards. We are very casual in that respect, you are free to attend any meetings or sky watches or not turn up, and it’s entirely up to you. The meetings and sky watches are great opportunities to meet like-minded people, especially on the sky watches; although we are there primarily to “hunt” UFO's we also have a good laugh!
Our membership has people from all walks of life and levels of interest in the UFO world. We have people who are just mildly interested in the subject right through to ex investigators for groups such as BUFORA and MUFON