Essential Crop Circle Etiquette
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The most important thing you will need if you plan to visit any crop circles this summer!
In the excitement of visiting a crop circle it’s all too easy to be caught up in the moment and not to take the time to thoughtfully consider how to approach your visit. It’s so important that we all become more mindful of the impact crop circle visitors can have on the environment, the countryside and farmers.
In recent years some farmers have become more reluctant to allow visitors to their fields, so as a community it’s vital that we begin to be more conscious and aware of our actions to improve relations between the crop circle and farming communities.
This little leaflet is packed with practical information and advice about things to think about (and be mindful of) when visiting the crop circles and should be the constant companion to all those visiting the fields. The importance of this document cannot be overstated. It is an open attempt by the crop circle community to engage with farmers concerns and to improve awareness of both the countryside and the farming community.
Don’t visit the fields until you’ve read this document and taken the time to carefully consider it’s advice.
Important: Please be aware the crop circle season runs from April to August (approx) in the UK – this is when there are crops of sufficient maturity to hold a crop circle design. The best time to visit is generally considered to be late July/early August.
Combine your trip with other crop circle related activities
Why not combine your trip with other crop circle activities? Our own Crop Circle Conference takes place at the end of July and is held in the pretty market town of Devizes, close to many regular crop circle sites, ancient earthworks and stone monuments. Come and meet some like-minded people and hear the latest news about the phenomenon. See our Visiting the Crop Circles page for more information on the different ways in which you can make your trip to visit the circles richer and more interesting.
As part of our annual conference, we will be presenting an Introduction to the Crop Circles talk in Devizes on Friday 28th of July 2017 at 2pm. The talk is open to everyone whether you are attending the conference or not. The talk lasts for one hour and entry is £10.00. Please see our Events Page for more information.
Please take time to consider the following when visiting the crop circles
- Do not enter a field without permission from the farmer. Some farmers allow visitors, some do not. Those that do tend to place an honesty box either at the entrance to the field, or in the circle itself. Please contribute, the customary donation is £3.00 – £5.00 per person (more is always welcome). This helps build and maintain understanding between the crop circle world and the farming community, by helping the farmer recovers his costs for damaged crop. If you are asked to leave a formation by a member of the farming staff do so, quickly and politely.
- Never, ever, smoke cigarettes (or anything else!) in a crop field. They constitute a very dangerous fire hazard.
- Never leave any litter or objects of any kind inside the circles, they may cause a hazard to farming machinery during harvest, or crop spraying, and could be potential danger to wildlife.
- Do not trample down any standing crop when making you way into the fields or around the circles. Always follow the tractor lines, even if this means walking out of the field and in again if you pick the wrong route into the circle! Further damage to crop by visitors irritates the farmers enormously and spoils the aerial views of the circles for those flying over them.
- If you park your car nearby, do not park in farm or field entrances where you may cause a nuisance to farmers. And never leave anything on display in your car that might attract the attention of thieves. Lock everything away securely, better still, take only what you need to carry with you in person.