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Author: The Croppie

2018 Circles: Wyke Lane, East Worldham, Hampshire

Reported: 27 July 2018 Location: Wyke Lane, nr East Worldham, Hampshire Lead photograph by the Hampshire Flyer Formations in mature barley have proven few and far between through the years. This simple ringed circle and its small neighbour show how beautiful they can...

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2018 Circles: Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire

Reported: 26 July 2018 Location: Chesterton Windmill, Warwickshire Lead photograph by Nick Bull chesterton windmill To anyone with any context of crop circle history, the dumbell shapes — accompanied by lines on each side — leap out at the eyes from this formation. So do the glyphs on two of the outer circles. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but these features first appeared back in the days when Doug Bower and Dave Chorley caused their own particular brand of mischief in the fields. Sadly, we switch from one set of dumbells to another. Crop Circle Wisdom and its accompanying Facebook...

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2018 Circles: Gurston Hoax

Reported: 23 July 2018 Location: Gurston, nr Fovant, Wiltshire Lead photograph by Nick Bull Twenty four hours is a long time when it comes to understanding the meaning of a crop circle. A door to elsewhere or one being closed behind someone? Update (17 September 2018): Clearly the latter as the maker has posted his plan online, thereby rendering this circle a...

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2018 Circles: Sutton Hall (2), nr Rochford, Essex

Reported: 22 July 2018 Location: Sutton Hall, nr Rochford, Essex Lead photograph by the Crop Circle Connector It’s at this time of the season that we come to expect a glyph laden circle appearing at Sutton Hall Essex. This one could be interpreted an an FOJ overdose but on this occasion it gets the benefit of the...

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Doug Bower: 25 June 1924 – 21 July 2018

The Croppie is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Doug Bower. Bower earned infamy in 1991 when, with his friend Dave Chorley, he confessed to TODAY newspaper that he had started the modern crop circle phenomenon in the mid-1970s. Their initial aim had been to dupe ufologists into believing flying saucers had landed in the grain fields of Hampshire, although this extended once other theories as to the origins of crop circles began to circulate. A picture framer and artist, Bower took his inspiration for the circles from the time he spent living in Melbourne, Australia. Here...

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About

Croppie:
(noun)
A person with an interest in the crop circle phenomenon. Such individuals may be of varying belief, sanity and intelligence.

The Croppie:
The name of a little known website that was launched in 2015 to cover all aspects of croppiedom. At the end of the year ownership of the site changed hands.