The first UK crop circles of the 2017 season have now appeared. On April 16 a pendulum-like formation (with a crescent in the larger circle) appeared in a canola (oilseed rape) crop beneath the Cherhill White Horse in Wiltshire, UK. Some amazing photos can be seen here. Then on April 18, a large circle (also with a crescent centre) and two offset smaller circles were discovered in Tarlton, Gloucestershire, UK. Look closely and you can see that the two smaller crop circles don’t even touch the tramlines (photo courtesy of Mr.Gyro.co.uk ). Canola is a very fragile plant and extensive breakage wasn’t seen in this formation.
It’s interesting to note that crescent shapes are not unheard of in Canadian crop circles, for example, this Matsqui, British Columbia formation from 2004 has two lovely half-moons:
And dumbell or pendulum shapes have also been seen in here in Canada – thanks to Paul E. for reminding me of this fascinating Georgetown, Ontario crop circle in 2002:
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the upcoming season, both in the UK and hopefully here in Canada. In the meantime, I will have a ‘crop circle’ table at a few events this year, giving out information about this site and crop circles in general. I also have my crop circle children’s book (from 2001!) available and small circle-related items I make. It’s my hope more people will learn about this important phenomenon.
Lastly, I would like to wish all the best to Nancy Talbott of BLT Research as she recovers from a sudden stroke. Her website is one of the best for scientific investigation on crop circles and for the past year or so her ongoing Facebook posts have been extremely informative and fascinating. I do hope she is back online very soon. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Nancy!