Category Archives: 2014 Season

Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014

Our favourite circle of the season, and one that we know was much-loved by many people.

Even the farmer loved this one, despite his initial misgivings. The story featured in The Daily Mail on 5 August 2014 and is well-worth repeating, if only because it’s heartening to see a farmer appreciative of a circle that appears on his land, especially in view of the anger of many Wiltshire farmers in recent years. Read it here – below we have included screen captures of the whole article, partly for convenience and partly in case the link goes down:


We were especially impressed with the fact that The Daily Mail of all people acknowledged that the pentagram is a harmonious symbol and not a satanic one. Unlike Andrew Pyrka and Report A Crop Circle Formation, who went all fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, over this circle:

Yeah, right, Andrew, of course. Now go and take your meds.

Ignoring the ring of code – which has yet to be deciphered – perhaps the most striking and innovative thing about this design is the fact that the pattern is entirely within the lay rather than the conventional ‘alternating standing and flattened bits’ style. Yes, there have been woven circles before – indeed there were other woven circles in 2014 – but Cherrington takes it to another level entirely. Though few people seemed to pick up on it when Cherrington appeared, there is one particular example we can think of where this has been done before.

This circle appeared below the Hackpen Hill white horse in August 2013. From a distance it merely looks like a small and unremarkable ringed circle.

Hackpen Hill, 11 August 2013. Note the white horse to the right in the photo above, and – just to the left of the circle – the ghost of the Hackpen Hill cubes formation of August 2012, which was in the same field. Hackpen Hill photos above and below by Janet Ossebaard.

A closer look, however, reveals a striking hexagram lay.


This was one of those circles which was for the most part neglected when it appeared, but which was loved by all who took the time to appreciate it, especially those who visited. Its qualities take effort on the part of the participant. Perhaps that is the message of these two circles; get to know them, appreciate the detail, rather than just give the aerials a quick glance and a ‘yeah that’s nice’ or ‘fail’.

We’ve not seen anybody else link these two circles, though to our minds the relationship is obvious. Cherrington 2014 is Hackpen Hill 2013 taken to the next level.

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2014

Our annual pick of the best UK circles of the season.

Hod Hill, Dorset, 1 June 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander. There were a number of circles in Dorset this year. This one is our favourite; we found the others rather derivative of past seasons, all bells and whistles and little substance, albeit very well-made for the most part. It’s unfortunate that their makers felt the need to flaunt it all over the Facebook crop circle pages, leaving nobody in any doubt as to who they were.

Popham, Hampshire, 21 June 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle. Comparatively simple compared to some of these designs, but we like it.

Wilmington, East Sussex, 3 July 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Charlton, Wiltshire, 8 July 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Forest Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2014. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014. Our favourite of the season. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Ansty, Warwickshire, 16 August 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Boom! Crop Circle

A short piece from The Daily Echo regarding a (non-commissioned) circle that recently appeared very close to the Boomtown Festival held at The Punchbowl, Hampshire. We note that Andrew Pyrka isn’t yelling ‘commission!’, ‘this is man-made artwork!’ from the rooftops, as he was with a circle that similarly appeared back in 2012. The Punchbowl was, of course, a prime circles location throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Article here; screen captures below.

boomtown 2014

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Besford, Worcestershire, 14 June 2014

2014.06.17_10.37.59_-_Steve_AlexanderSometimes a picture says more than our captions could. We love this black and white shot from The Croppie; as you’ll see the farmer wasn’t too happy with the circle that appeared at Harewell Lane, Besford, Worcestershire, on 14 June 2014, and has banned both “aliens and alien hunters” from entering the field. Shame; it’s a nice circle.

Aerial shot by Steve Alexander.