Monthly Archives: July 2017

“Crop Circles Are Criminal Damage”

A recent statement from Wiltshire Police:

“With summer well and truly underway we have seen an increase of crop circles appearing across the county. They might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hardworking landowners and farmers whose crops are damaged. Creating a crop circle is CRIMINAL DAMAGE and an offence.

The damage caused means a loss in revenue to the farmer and landowner. They also have to deal with civil trespass issues on their land after a crop circle has been created when members of the public come without permission, to view the circle. It has also been known for individuals to pose as part of a charity or as the landowner at the site of crop circles and attempt to take ‘donations’ from people viewing the crop circle.

We urge all farmers and landowners if they have has a crop circle on their land to report it to us on 101 so it can be recorded. Often immediately after a crop circle appears, individuals will arrive with a drone to photograph it. Take note of any vehicles, their registration plates, and any individuals and pass this information to the police.

Individuals using a drone in the immediate time after a crop circle, may be connected to group who have created the circle. The footage is quickly circulated on social media to generate interest. Although we do accept that crop circle enthusiasts will use a drone to capture aerial photos as the circle becomes more widely known about. Prior to visiting though check that permission has been given by the landowner to enter the land.

If a circle is created on your land make sure you tell the Crop Circle Community if you decide to allow/ not allow access to the general public, and if you intend to cut the circle out. This should reduce unwanted visitors.

There are 3 places to do this:

1.https://goo.gl/cfBRV3

2. https://goo.gl/idp8Mo

3. https://goo.gl/oU2HBJ

We also ask the public to help support our rural communities by reporting any suspicious vehicles, behaviour or people in crop fields to police on 101 they may be attempting to create a crop circle and committing criminal damage. If you can see a crop circle creation in progress, call police on 999.”

UK Crop Circles June 2017 [HJ]

The Sanctuary, near Avebury, Wiltshire, reported 3 June 2017. A ringed circle. Barley. Image by Neil Petherick.

Woolstone Hill, Oxfordshire, 4 June 2017. Barley. A very elegant design featuring numerous circles with standing centres. Image by Mr Gyro.

Little Knoll, near Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, 9 June 2017. Barley. Note the woven centre, which is unusual for barley. This was cut out by the farmer very soon after it arrived. Image by The Crop Circle Connector.

Target Wood, near Maiden Bradley, Dorset, reported 16 June 2017. A Tree of Life design in barley. Paul Jacobs negotiated access to this one, collecting money for charity on behalf of the farmer. It is a shame its maker saw fit to post his diagram on the internet while it was still in the field. Image by Jane Barford.

Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 17 June 2017. Wheat. A ‘circular saw’ and crescent. It is good to see Cheesefoot Head reactivated as a circles hotspot again. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

West Kennett, Wiltshire, 21 June 2017. Wheat. A woven single circle. Wiltshire almost always sees a crop circle timed to arrive for the summer solstice. This was cut out by the farmer the morning it appeared. Image by The Crop Circle Connector, who were the only people to get photographs.

Thorn Hill, near East Kennett, Wiltshire, 26 June 2017. A pictogram-style design in wheat. Image by Hugh Newman.

Hugh Janus