Chilcomb, Hants | 25th May 2017

Chilcomb, Hants | 25th May 2017

Gypsy Lane , Chilcomb, nr Winchester, Hampshire This circle is located very to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.  There have been many circles around this location going back years, including one last year – see here This circle measured approximately 180ft in diameter and was in a field of very young wheat. The circle appeared very lightly pressed and very springy. It’s very unusual to have a circle in such a immature crop, it means the design will have less definition that one would normally see in maturer plants. The design itself is another four-fold pattern based on concentric rings and alternate standing and flattened sections – a duality and quaternary contained within a whole (a circle). Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so few of us left regularly recording the circles it’s really important that we continue. And while some now use drones to record the circles, it is important that there are still images taken from aircraft where the best quality camera equipment can be used and images that include the broad vista of the landscape can be taken. This kind of photography is expensive and it gets harder with each passing year to raise the funds we need to continue our work, but if everyone who regularly looked at this website made a small donation we would meet the funds we need. You can make a donation here. NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge...
Milk Hill, Wilts | 25th May 2017

Milk Hill, Wilts | 25th May 2017

Milk Hill, nr Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire   The fields above and below Milk Hill have been host to an enormous amount of iconic and famous crop circles over the years. One of the fields on top of the hill was the location of the Milk Hill Galaxy Spiral formation of 2001 – one of the most famous crop circles of all time. Visiting: Please note that the farmer is not allowing visitors without his express permission. This new circle in 2017 lies in one of the fields below the hill and is in barley crop. It measures approximately 180-190ft in diameter. The design is four-fold in nature, an equal-armed cross with a extra design component on one of the arms. The circle is beautifully made, the sweep of the crop in the interior is stunning. Four-armed crosses/stars have been seen before, some equal-armed, some more like crucifixes. Four is the number of Material Reality, matter, or Mother Substance. The conical-like shape on one of the arms is rather enigmatic – as is the meaning of this circle – should it have one. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so few of us left regularly recording the circles it’s really important that we continue. And while some now use drones to record the circles, it is important that there are still images taken from aircraft where the best quality camera equipment can be used and images that include the broad vista of the landscape can be...
Stitchcombe, Wilts |21st May 2017

Stitchcombe, Wilts |21st May 2017

Oxleaze Copse, Stitchcombe, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire From time to time there are circles we miss, this was one case in point. The crop circle was cut from the field by the farmer within just hours of it being discovered/reported. Unfortunately only one person was able to photograph the formation before it disappeared. You can see its location by following the Google Maps link on the right (under Visiting) Here are a series of drawings by Karen Alexander which show the design and geometry of the crop circle before it was cut. The design was a series of three circles, two are concentric, one is aligned off-centre to create a crescent moon symbol  – seen so many times in crop circles. The circle is divided into twenty-four to create the (12 standing-12 flattened) rays, from the offset centre of the crescent moon circle. After I had completed the painting of the formation I realised the pattern had a 3D quality to it, with the central circle looking like a raised conical shape and the outer ring seeming raised also. There were a series of circles that had the same effect back in 2006 – you can see then on our image archive here. Finally two of the drawings also show the beautiful Phi proportion at work within the design. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so few of us left regularly recording the circles it’s really important that we continue. And while some now use drones to record...
Willoughby Hedge, Wilts | 4th May 2017

Willoughby Hedge, Wilts | 4th May 2017

Willoughby Hedge, nr Mere, Wiltshire This circle at Willoughby Hedge was reported on the 4th of May 2017. It is located very close to a circle which a appeared there last year (see here for information about the 2016 circle), next to the services on the A303. The landscape surrounding this formation is littered with ancient tumuli and is not far form White Sheet Castle, a neolithic hill fort where crop circles have also appeared before. The design is quite unusual in that it is neither a long linear formation or a a traditional circular one, but rather a marriage of the two. Two arcs of circles (of increasing diameter), are connected by arms to a central pivotal circle. It’s meaning, should it have one, remains entirely enigmatic. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so few of us left regularly recording the circles it’s really important that we continue. And while some now use drones to record the circles, it is important that there are still images taken from aircraft where the best quality camera equipment can be used and images that include the broad vista of the landscape can be taken. This kind of photography is expensive and it gets harder with each passing year to raise the funds we need to continue our work, but if everyone who regularly looked at this website made a small donation we would meet the funds we need. You can make a donation here. NOTE: Some of the images below...
Oliver’s Castle, Wilts | 24th April 2017

Oliver’s Castle, Wilts | 24th April 2017

Olivers Castle, nr Devizes, Wiltshire Oliver’s Castle (or Roundway Down) is located just outside of Devizes in Wiltshire (UK). It is named after the Battle of Roundway fought by Oliver Cromwell in 1643. The landscape here is spectacular; rolling, undulating escarpments crowned with an ancient hill fort (earthwork). Oliver’s Castle has been a regular site for crop circle for many years. You can read more about Roundway Down here. This circle was placed spectacularly in a field of oilseed rape right at the summit of the hill, it looked simply fantastic in the landscape. It’s a huge circle too measuring approximately 350ft in diameter. Twenty-seven small circles sit just inside the large outer ring, it reminded me very much of a string of prayer beads on a bracelet. Typically Buddhist prayer malas have 108 beads, but smaller strings of 54 (half) and 27 (quarter) are often used too. Crop circles as a prayer – now there’s a thought! As you can see from the photographs, the rapeseed has started to loose it’s characteristic yellow flowers. This was the case when the circle was first reported. Nevertheless, it is still a powerful and beautiful statement on the landscape Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so few of us left regularly recording the circles it’s really important that we continue. And while some now use drones to record the circles, it is important that there are still images taken from aircraft where the best quality camera equipment can...
Waden Hill, Wilts | 22nd April 2017

Waden Hill, Wilts | 22nd April 2017

Waden Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire There were two earlier circles reported at Cherhill in Wiltshire and at Tarlton in Gloucestershire. You can find out more about them here. This circle at Waden Hill is the first circle we have covered in 2017 . It was reported on the morning of the 22nd of April by a local Avebury resident. The circle lays between Silbury Hill and Avebury Stone circle, not far from the avenue of stones which leads into the stone circle at Avebury. In one of those strange synchronicities that seem to permeate the crop circle phenomenon, Steve had posted a photo to social media of a circle that had appeared at Waden Hill in 2008 just a few hours before this new circle arrived. The circle was extremely similar in design to this new arrival, a series of six nested-crescents with a circle in the centre. To see another circle appear in the same field, in the same crop and of a similar design was uncanny to say the least. You can see the 2008 formation in the Geometry Gallery below. This circle was approximately 150ft in diameter and is in Oilseed Rape crop (canola). It is a series of six nested-crescents with a cube at the centre. As far as we are aware no tacit permission to visit the circle has been given by the farmer, although it is clear that people have visited the formation. Please Help to keep us Flying in 2017: If you have enjoyed looking at our pictures and information please consider making a small donation to keep us flying. There are so...
Welcome to the 2017 Crop Circle Season!

Welcome to the 2017 Crop Circle Season!

Welcome to the 2017 Crop Circle Season! Introduction & The Story So Far… About the crop circle season The 2017 crop circle season has begun and we will soon be updating our website with new images and information about the new season. Typically, the season begins sometime in April and goes through until August when the fields are harvested. The timing of the season can vary widely depending on weather and other factors that affect the growing cycle of the crops. The first formations are generally in oilseed rape (canola) crop as it is the first crop that matures each year, the circles then move into barley and finally wheat. From time to time we do get circles in other crops; maize (corn), linseed and borage to name a few. We often get calls from people hoping to see a circle when they are visiting the UK, but don’t realise that if you’re visiting in the autumn or winter there are no viable fields. If you are planning to visit Wiltshire, or any crop circles that might appear please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section of our website for general information and advice and see our Events section for our programme of summer crop circle events. Latest Information You can check back regularly throughout the summer for updates to our website for the latest information and images. Even better still join our newsletter by using the form at the bottom of our Homepage for alerts when new circles are reported. You can follow us too on Facebook and Instagram. Early 2017 circles Cherhill, Wiltshire | 16th April 2017 The...