Category Archives: 2009 Season

The Boycott That Never Was

You may well have heard talk of an alleged boycott of Wiltshire fields by circle makers this season – indeed we have touched on it in other posts. The following was posted by Andrew Edwards on the Report A Crop Circle Formation Exposed Facebook page. As we had suspected, a look at the figures clearly demonstrates that all boycott talk was hot air. A salutary lesson; ignore those who shout loudest and look at the actual data.

”In MWs latest rant he makes a statement that if you were to compare the number of circles in and out of Wiltshire then we would see the effect of his ‘ban’ especially early in the season. So I have done this for every day of the year and compared it with the yearly average for every year since 1980. I have plotted the percentage of UK circles in and out of Wiltshire as a percentage of the total number of UK crop circles that year. Obviously this year is not over yet so I have taken the total to be that as of today.
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The dashed lines are the averages, the solid lines is this year and the filled colours are the standard deviation (68% of years fall within this area). The red is the percentage of circles in Wiltshire and blue is the percentage elsewhere.As you can see that although the percentage of crop circles in Wiltshire is lower than the average (and outside is higher) they are both well within the population standard deviation indicating that there is nothing weird about this years distribution. An interesting observation is that since 2007 most of the years (2010 being the exception) have been way off the average, outside the standard deviation with a strong skewness towards circles within Wiltshire.
In fact removing the years later than 2007 from the average this year is almost exactly the same as it.
If anything this year has been a return to the norm.”
– Andrew Edwards

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2009

Our personal favourites of the 2009 season.

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Avebury, Wiltshire, 23rd April 2009. Photo by Gary King.

may10Roundway-2-10th-May-09.6Roundway, Wiltshire, 10th May 2009. Photo by Gary King.

may24uk2009ap2Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, 24th May 2009. Picture credit Lucy Pringle.

may29waylands_jelly_2Uffington, Oxfordshire, 29th May 2009. Photo by Olivier Morel.

jun12Yatesbury2_ohYatesbury, Wiltshire, 12th June 2009 Photo by Olivier Morel. We don’t actually like this formation, personally, but have included it as we can appreciate its uniqueness and craftsmanship.

jul1WadenHill_40_OHAvebury, Wiltshire, 1st July 2009. Photo by Olivier Morel.

jul2SDC10986bStanton St Bernard, Wiltshire, 2nd July 2009. Photo by Olivier Morel.

jul5silbury_00_OHWest Kennett, Wiltshire, 6th July 2009. Photo by Olivier Morel.

2009.07.29_22.20.41_-_Frank_LaumenOgbourne Down, Wiltshire, 24th July 2009. Photo by Frank Laumen.

20090808overton-06West Overton, Wiltshire, 8th August 2009. Relatively simple compared to some of these designs, but gorgeous. Photo credit Frank Laumen.

aug10235WoodboroughHillWiltshire10thAugust2009-WheatOHWoodborough Hill, Wiltshire, 10th August 2009. Photo by Steve Alexander.

aug16tidcombe_100lgeTidcombe, Wiltshire, 16th August 2009. Photo credit uncertain.

It’s In The Air… Over There

It’s Spring, and the oilseed rape is in bloom, which as eggs are eggs means crop circles.

But what’s this? Eleven formations at the time of typing this, some of them of barley-quality or wheat-quality!

The scale and complexity of this season’s oilseed rape formations has been made much of, and indeed they are beautiful:

 
 Above: Roundway, Wiltshire, 29th April 2009. Below: Manton, Wiltshire, 4th May 2009. Both photos by Lucy Pringle.
 
Well, most are beautiful, at least; some, in our view, are a bit crap…
 Above: West Kennett, Wiltshire, 19th April 2009. Nice try, but no cigar. Below: Liddington Castle, 25th April 2009. Not even a try… Both photos by Lucy Pringle.
We think it less a quantum leap and more a practicality. A fair few – and indeed the more complex – of this season’s oilseed rape formations are in a new ‘dwarf’ strain of said crop, shorter and much more manageable. The field reports we’ve read of these formations ignore this pert piece of data. One could be forgiven for thinking, from reading the reports, that these designs are in the same 7′ tangling crop that every other season’s rape formations have appeared in. They aren’t.