The 2021 Crop Circle Season – Pre-season Information

Last updated:  12th April 2021

The 2021 Crop Circle Season has not yet begun!

General Pre-Season Info

When will the first circle of 2021 appear?

The first circle reported last year (2020) was on May 28th at Potterne in Wiltshire. 

Although it might seem obvious, 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 oilseed rape (canola) is usually the first crop that becomes tall enough to withhold crop circles, followed by barley and wheat. The beginning of each season is always affected by the climate and weather over the winter – so each year is different.  

The Impact of Covid-19

We still anticipate that the covid pandemic will affect those wanting to visit the crop circles in 2021. While the UK is at the moment beginning to loosen its covid restrictions, it is just unknown as to the extent to which this will impact the opening of any fields to visitors. Please keep checking beck on the website for more news. At the moment travel into the UK is restricted and strict quarantine rules are in place. Please check for the latest information with the appropriate authorities. 

Like last year, we will have to wait to see what unfolds and take each day as it comes. 

Where do the crop circles appear?

In the UK most circles occur in the counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire, 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 (mid-late August) 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.

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Temporary Temples Crop Circle Conference 2021

We will be holding our annual conference online again this year during October. Please see our events page for more information as we have it. 

While you wait

While we wait for news of the first circles, we are currently offering some online webinars and workshops – please join us! Read More…

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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 in the process of publishing our 22nd edition with images of the 2020 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 2021 crop circle season.

Photographic Enlargements: are now available of many of the 2020 crop circles click here to see our fantastic range.


Please Help to keep us Flying in 2021: 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.

Image Licencing

We can supply high resolution images of many of our photographs and the sky is the limit as to what they can be used for! Choose from our extensive library or contact us to commission aerial photography for your project.

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Further Reading

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