The 2018 Crop circle season has begun!
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Last updated: Wed 9th May 2018
FIRST CIRCLE OF 2018 REPORTED: The crop circle reported in the UK appeared on Tuesday 8th May at Willoughby Hedge, near Mere in Wiltshire. the circle is in oilseed-rape (canola) crop and measures approximately 100-150ft in diameter. You can now see our coverage of this formation here.
Pre -season Information…
We recently visited the Wiltshire countryside (20th April) and drove by some regular crop circle hotspots. The Oilseed rape (canola) was much more advanced than we anticipated with some of it beginning to flower, although it didn’t seem at its full height as yet. The fields and hedgerows looked as if spring was now well underway! See my quick snap of the Alton Barnes White Horse I took while we were there, in the gallery below…
The first circle reported last year (2017) was on April 16th, but in 2016 the first circle did not appear until May 6th. The UK winter has been colder this year, so we might expect the season to start later – but who knows! (see above)
Although it might seem obvious, but crop circles occur only during the crop growing season. In the UK the first circles can start to occur in April and May, reaching their height in late July and August. Crop circles do in fact occur all over the world in many countries and obviously they similarly follow growing seasons in that particular part of the world. In the UK most circles occur in the county of Wiltshire, although circles do happen (in lesser numbers) countrywide. In the early season (April/May) numbers are few but this gradually builds up as the summer moves on, at the height of the season (late July/August) several circles can appear on one night. The season ends with the harvest – and the slate is wiped clean for another year. In the UK the first crop to mature is oilseed rape (canola), then barley, then wheat – the circles seem to follow this maturation process with the first circles appearing in the brilliant yellow of the canola fields and finishing in mature golden wheat. From time to time circles have appeared in other crops – linseed, borage, oats, even beans. There are no hard and fast rules – so anything goes!
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In the meantime you might want to plan to visit the circles this summer? We hold our annual Crop Circle Conference in Wiltshire at the height of the season and we have a wonderful line-up of speakers and workshops to get you fully immersed into the crop circle experience. You might find the links below of interest…
If you haven’t already, take a look at our Crop Circle Year Books. They are a great way of immersing yourself in crop circle history. We are about to publish our latest edition with images of the 2017 season. Click on the image to find out more…
Finally, if you’re new to the crop circle subject, or just new to our website – welcome! Please have a good look around our website, it packed with beautiful images and information about the circles. We hope you enjoy it and will stay with us as we record the 2018 crop circle season.
Photographic Enlargements: are now available of many of the 2017 crop circles click here to see our fantastic range.
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