The 2023 Crop Circle Season – Pre-season Information
Last updated: 31st May 2023
The 2023 Crop Circle Season has begun!
The Crop Circle season has begun in the UK. The first circle of 2013 was reported on Sunday 28th of May at Broad Hinton in Wiltshire. We will be updating the website in the next few days with pictures and details. Stay tuned!
General Pre-Season Info
When will the first circle of 2023 appear?
The first circle reported last year (2022) was on April 24th at Crab Wood in Hampshire. It was an early circle in Oilseed Rape (canola). We do not always have circles in canola every year, so some years the season will not start until the Barley is tall enough to hold a circle, which can be anytime from late May until early June. The second circle in 2022 at Hippenscombe, did not occur until the end of May (22nd).
We’ve had a cold spring in the UK, so the crops are slightly behind where they can be. But as of 23rd May 2023 we are still awaiting our first circle of the summer.
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 U.S. the crop circles tend to be in soya or corn (maize).
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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Visiting the Crop Circles this summer?
See our Visiting the Crop Circles section for some practical advice. The most important of which is that you will always need the permission of the farmer to enter any field. As the season progresses check out the entry page for each circle for any information we have about access for visitors.
Reporting Crop Circles and submitting pictures and information
Please do get in touch if you spot a circle.You can email us here. Contact Us.
If you have pictures you taken of the circles from the air or ground, you can have them featured on the website – again please contact us and we can arrange for you to send them to us. You will always be credited and we always link back to your social media or webpage.
Temporary Temples Crop Circle Conference 2023
We will be holding our annual conference online during October. You can get access to videos from our previous events here.
While you wait
Check out our image library 1994-2022!
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