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Where are the UK crop circle hotspots?

Where are the UK crop circle hotspots?

With mysterious crop circles prevalent throughout multiple English counties, where are they found and why there?

Shrouded in secrecy, crop circles persistently multiply, with an average of 30 formations emerging each year in the UK. These intricate designs have captured the imagination of enthusiasts who attribute their origins to ley lines, ancient pathways believed to aid navigation. Meanwhile, others interpret them as extra-terrestrial communications, warning humanity about pressing issues such as climate change and nuclear war.

Driven by curiosity, BonusFinder embarked on a quest to determine which counties in the UK boast the highest abundance of these enigmatic formations. They meticulously gathered data, including location, crop type, and survey details, spanning back to 2005. By analysing this information, BonusFinder aimed to identify the county with the greatest number of crop circles.

"The UK's crop circle hotspot Wiltshire emerges as the top county in England, with 380 recorded crop circles since 2005"

In their pursuit of understanding, BonusFinder joined forces with Monique Klinkenbergh, a distinguished researcher and founder of the Crop Circle Visitor Centre & Exhibition. Together, they endeavoured to shed light on the mysteries surrounding these perplexing phenomena.

Wiltshire: the epicentre of crop circles

Complicated Wiltshire crop circleA complicated crop circle in Wiltshire, the county with the most crop circles in the UK. Credit: Krzystztof Dac

The UK's crop circle hotspot Wiltshire emerges as the top county, with 380 recorded crop circles since 2005. The idyllic setting, picturesque landscapes, and iconic Salisbury Cathedral provide an ideal backdrop for these formations.

Crop circles in Wiltshire predominantly appear in fields of wheat and barley, where the crop is flattened into intricate shapes.

Hampshire: a prominent contender

A close second, Hampshire claims second place with 51 recorded crop circles. The county's historical Winchester Cathedral and expansive countryside offer a suitable environment for these mysterious formations.

"Hampshire's expansive countryside offer a suitable environment for these mysterious, often elaborate, formations"

Crop circle designs in Hampshire range from simple circles to elaborate patterns.

Oxfordshire: a hub of captivating designs

Crop circle near Wantage, Oxfordshire in 2020Crop circle near Wantage, Oxfordshire in 2020. Credit: Paul Brown

A hub of intricate formations, Oxfordshire secures third place with 35 recorded crop circles.

The county's scenic countryside provides the perfect landscape for these formations, often characterised by complex geometric designs.

A researcher's insight into the crop circle phenomenon

Crop circle in Avebury, Wiltshire
The view of a crop circle in a field in Avebury, Wiltshire. Credit: Paul Brown

Insights from crop circle researcher Monique Klinkenbergh, a renowned researcher and founder of the Crop Circle Visitor Centre and Exhibition, provides valuable insights into the prevalence and nature of crop circles in Wiltshire.

What is the reason for the prevalence of crop circles in Wiltshire?

Crop circles seem to be attracted by ancient sites such as stone circles, long barrows, hill forts and other archaeological sites, for which Wiltshire is famous. One of the earliest theories for this attraction is the idea that what has been built by our far ancestors on ancient sites, marked by what has always been part of the landscape: Earth energies. Those energies—the so-called ley-lines—are said to run invisibly through the landscape, concentrating at crossing points where they also emerge to the surface. Experienced dowsers report detectable energetic changes within crop circles. 

"There are many theories of how crop circles form, from the man-made and nature to extraterrestrial and the paranormal"

The Underground Connection, another theory on why Wiltshire is a focus-point for crop circle activity, describes the presence of chalk and green sand rock, in combination with large aquifers. The high mineral content of the major aquifers of England makes them good conductors of electricity, possibly derived through interaction with the Earth’s electromagnetic field. The alkaline chalk is saturated with water. Beneath is a lint-rich clay and the top ridges of the chalk Downs are topped by a thin layer of lint. Therefore, there is an alkaline solution sandwiched on either side by acidic layers. The theory of Broughton and Page is that this attracts and is then activated and “charged up” by the powerful currents of energy flowing through the ground.

What are the types of crop circles you tend to see in Wiltshire?
We have had so many different designs appearing, from small simple circles and “pictograms” to extremely intricate and large patterns. Sometimes with a very detailed and complex lay on the ground (lay: the way the plants are laid down). Some crop circle patterns are familiar in design, suggesting they belong to a certain “school” or “family-type”, such as Mathematical, Forms of Life, Religious, Astronomical, Codes and Mythology.

Long crop circle in WiltshireAn impressive crop circle in Wiltshire. Credit: Nickos

How are crop circles formed? 
Beside the man-made crop circles, t
here are many ideas, hypotheses and theories of how the “unexplained” crop circles form, ranging from extraterrestrial involvement, the paranormal, spirits of the dead, the universe, sound frequencies (recorded on tape), balls of light (recorded on camera) and nature itself. They might be all interconnected.

The eyewitness reports (50+ credible accounts) all have one thing in common; the crop flattening process is described as happening in a matter of seconds and being done by an invisible source. One hypothesis regarding the origin of crop circles—a theory which all researchers agree on—is that some could be the result of an “interaction” between a person’s thoughts and the energy/force that forms the crop circle. There are many reports of people who requested or wished for a crop circle to be manifested for them and finding one had appeared. Some experiments have been successful and may open a new way of understanding the principles at work.”

What tools do you suspect are used? 
The man-made tools that are used are planks and ropes. Also, some believe that crop circles are made by hidden agencies, using space satellite lasers or other science fiction devices to conduct training, environmental control or simply to study how people will react.

Banner photo: Crop circle near Wantage, Oxfordshire. Credit: Paul Brown

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