Barrows Green, near Widnes, Lancashire, 7 July 2016. Oats. Double ring with satellite circles. The Crop Circle Connector featured a rather comical “lights and strange noises the night it appeared” account, which is worth repeating (see below) and reads to me at least rather like a psedonymous report by its maker in an attempt to big it up (see The Field Guide by Rob Irving and John Lunberg, pages 206-209). Photo by “Steven Samosa”.
West Kennett, Wiltshire, 8 July 2016. Wheat. A tiny and very retro formation right next to the long barrow, consisting of three circles joined by pathways. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, 7 July 2016. Wheat. c.210′. Seven-pointed star and crescent, surrounded by ring. In the same field as, and exacty 20 years on from, the famed Stonehenge Julia Set. From looking at this latest effort, one might be forgiven for thinking “they don’t make crop circles like they used to”. Another formation teased by the Clandestine Esoterical [sic.] Mysterious Universe page, and thus killed stone dead before anybody had a chance to properly assess it. Which is perhaps just as well, since it is rather a wonky mess, the centre in particular. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Stanton Bridge, Wiltshire, 8 July 2016. Wheat. c.80′. Ring with pathway leading to smaller circle, with pathway leading to fork. Small, wonky, amateur. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.
Twyford, Hampshire, 11 July 2016. Wheat. c.240′. A large single ring with much smaller, free-standing satellite circle. Very stylish and understated. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Wilton, Wiltshire, 15 July 2016. Wheat. c.50′. A heart (or perhaps buttocks or cleavage….). Photo by Steve Alexander.
Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 16 July 2016. Wheat. c.150′. A unique and difficult to describe design, based upon three-and six-fold geometry. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Devizes, Wiltshire, 16 July 2016. c.100′. Another of this season’s numerous simple rings and ringed circles. Barley. Photo by Steve Alexander.
New Hall, near Sutton, Essex, 18 July 2016. Wheat. c.80′. More wonky crap in Essex. What on earth is going on in that place? Photo by Phantom 3 Quad-Copter.
Reigate Hill, Surrey, 19 July 2016. Wheat. c.140′. Grey with feathered ‘head-dress’. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Burderop Down, Wiltshire, 21 July 2016. Wheat. c.120′. Central circle with five concentric rings, with characters scribed between the rings. Something of a haphazard mess. I note what look like the initials ‘DH’ – these are of course the initials of one particular circle maker but I hazard he’d hesitate to have his name attached to this cerealogical disaster. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.
Seven Acre Wood, near Newton St Loe, Somerset, 22 July 2016. Wheat. Back just before the turn of the century, Newton St Loe was something of a hot spot for crop circles. Sadly I cannot say that this latest effort is a return to past glories. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.
East Field, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, 22 July 2016. Wheat. c.150′ length. Unsurprisingly, given its location, this formation lasted barely a day before being cut by the farmer. Photo by The Crop Circle Connector.
Figsbury Ring, Wiltshire, 22 July 2016. Wheat. c.220′. Another Clandestine Esoterical [sic.] Mysterious Universe circle, and probably their neatest of the season. I do not quite know why everybody described this circle as depicting a cat – albeit the face is rather cat-like – as to me it very clearly depicts a bat. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Callstone Wellington, Wiltshire, 25 July 2016. Wheat. c.280′. A beautiful play on pentagonal geometry, and perhaps the best – or at least the best-constructed – circle of the 2016 season. Photo by Steve Alexander.
The Forests Way, near Roydon, Essex, 24 July 2016. Wheat. This formation occured in two stages (right section first). Photo by Prashant Trivedi.
Matterley Basin, near Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 25 July 2016. Wheat. c.200′. It is good to see Hampshire ‘reactivated’ as a circles location again this season. Photo by Steve Alexander.
West Kennett, Wiltshire, 28 July 2016. Wheat. c.150′. This was in the field to the northeast of the long barrow, a field which sees a circle most seasons. Unfortunately it was cut by the farmer the day it appeared, his having earlier chased a tour group out of it. Photo by Frank Laumen.
All Cannings, Wiltshire, 28 July 2016. Wheat. This was defaced by the farmer before anybody could get photographs. I am not sure what it is supposed to represent. Photo by Gordon Burns.
Cley Hill, near Warminster, Wiltshire, 30 July 2016. Wheat. c.150′. Another former circles ‘hot spot’ to be reactivated this season. Perhaps my personal favourite of the year. Note the standing centre. Cley Hill was a popular skywatching location back in the 1960s and 1970s, during the days of the Warminster “Thing”. Photo by Steve Alexander.