Danebury Ring (hillfort), Hampshire.
(near Middle Wallop & Stockbridge)
Detail & Location: We flew over this circle it had clearly been in the field a while – so we have no precise date for its appearence other than sometime in mid July. The crop appeared to be wheat? See the Google Maps link for precise location.
Crop Circle Reporting and Covid-19: After considerable thought and consultation, we have decided we will not be censoring crop circle locations during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are no current restrictions in place in the UK that call for a blanket ban on visiting the countryside. We consider the reporting of crop circles to be in the spirit of journalism, and censorship to be an anathema to that spirit. Therefore, we will be treating the crop circle community as adults and asking everyone to approach the information carefully and responsibly. This will include not visiting the circles if the farmer has not given explicit permission to do so and should permission be given that they practice social distancing by staying 2 metres away from fellow visitors. It would be our very strong advice that visiting the crop circles on the ground should be kept to an absolute minimum for now. However, because we know that the location of any given circle can be important to researchers and those that record the circles from the air, we will continue to share what we know.
Flying during the Covid-19 Pandemic: As yet, because of the current pandemic, we have not been able to take to the air to record the crop circles as we usually would. We are however, very confident that the restrictions keeping us grounded at present will be lifted before too long and we will be able to cover the rest of the season as usual. In the meantime, we are every pleased to have teamed up with the excellent AEROBO (Art in Flight) who will be helping us collect images and drone footage of the latest crop circles to share on the website.
History & Connections: Danebury Hill fort has been the centre of crop circle appearances for many years now. There was one close to this location last year (2019) you can read more about the 2019 circle here.
Danebury is one of the most studied Iron Age hill forts in Europe and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. ‘Iron Age’ describes the period between the end of the Bronze Age and the start of the Roman period (700BC to AD43). Evidence found suggests that the fort was built 2500 years ago and occupied for nearly 500 years. You can discover more and see some of the finds at the Museum of the Iron Age in Andover. Large beech trees around the perimeter of the earth works make the site prominent in the surrounding landscape.
Design & Symbolism: This was an enormous single circle 180-200ft in diameter – the largest single circle ever? There did appear to be something happening in the laid crop, although exactly what will need further investigation.
Important: Flight/Flying: This is a difficult place to fly as it is located in the AAC (Army Aviation centre) Middle Wallop danger area. You will need permission to fly over this circle from their ATZ even with a drone. Middle Wallop is a very active helicopter training facility with aircraft coming in and out of the base regularly, often at low level. Please also be aware that this circle is also located close to a main road and the area itself is popular with dog walkers and members of the public. Please be sensible and be safe.
Visiting: As far as we are aware no permission has been given to visit this crop circle. Please do not visit this circle. Thank you.
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
Obviously, this is a single circle and no geometrical analysis is required. But I may come back to discuss the symbol of the circle at a later date. Check back for updates.