Ten Incredible Animal Crop Circles
Love them or hate them, crop circles representing animals have been among the most memorable to appear in the fields of England.
Here are The Croppie‘s favourite ten (or should that be least hated ten?), including a batch of winged creatures from the 2009 season…
10. East Field, Alton Priors, Wiltshire, 2005
The Croppie may not be a fan of the symbolism, but this scarab beetle is beautifully constructed and looks great in maturing wheat.
9. Beacon Hill, Hampshire, 2002
Whilst not explicit, this circular formation in northern Hampshire evokes the forms of three dolphins.
8. Pewsey White Horse, Wiltshire, 2002
The nautilus is a marine mollusc possessing a shell renown for its sacred geometric symbolism. This particular representation of the shell is the most beautiful to have appeared in the fields, manifesting at Pewsey in 2002.
7. Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire, 2009
‘The hummingbird’ captured the imagination when it manifested close to the village of Stanton St Bernard in 2009. In a season defined by airborne creatures it was a highlight for many croppies. The Croppie loves its wonderfully neat appearance.
6. Little London, Wiltshire, 2009
The barley fields at Little London, near Yatesbury, were blessed enough to receive two wonderful animal formations in close succession during 2009. Known as ‘the phoenix’ — note the ‘flames’ at the base of the tail — this was a great circle in a fantastic season.
5. South Field, Alton Priors, Wiltshire, 2008
Twelve swallows embellish this impressive formation found close to Alton Priors, reprising the motif discovered at nearby Adam’s Grave in 2003.
4. Barbury Castle, Swindon, 2009
Minimal, bold and effective, this bird motif has been interpreted as both an ‘Aztec spirit bird’ and the indigenous American ‘thunderbird’. Whilst looking a little out of place at Barbury Castle near Swindon, it remains an excellently constructed formation.
Aficionados may remember this to be the crop circle that undeservedly inspired a video recording and a whole lot of cable-suspended nonsense!
3. Alton Barnes White Horse, Wiltshire, 2004
Widely interpreted as a stylised representation of a bee, this circle appeared under Milk Hill and the Alton Barnes White Horse in 2004. The Croppie remembers seeing for the first time and being blown away by its simplistic elegance. Critics have noticed that the three grapeshot circles above the ‘head’ are essential for a human-made circle, but don’t let that detract from a classic formation.
During 2012 an illustration of this crop circle was used as the symbol for a conservation project called the Bee Guardian Foundation.
2. Little London, Wiltshire, 2009
This was the first of two animal linked circles to have appeared near Yatesbury in close succession during 2009. The Croppie has seen it said that the bordering of this wonderful ‘dragonfly’ is flawed and imprecise, but its this organic feel that contributes to the formation’s appeal.
How can you not be taken in by the standing tufts in the eyes, as well as the crack-like detail in the wings?
1. Woodborough Hill, Wiltshire, 2009
The Croppie vividly recals visiting the area just a couple of days before ‘the owl’ appeared and subsequently being unable to return. At the time there wasn’t too much disappointment — after all, one has never been a huge fan of wildlife themed circles — but more recently it feels such an incredible formation to have missed out on.
The real beauty of this circle is not the face of the owl; it’s the detail in the ‘feathers’ on the border. They really do look like what they’re supposed to be.
Even in Lucy Pringle’s photo (above) it’s still not totally clear how much care has gone into this part of the circle. The Croppie recommends getting down to the Crop Circle Exhibition & Information Centre in Honeystreet to view the enlarged images on the downstairs wall display. Only then will you appreciate what a fantastic creation ‘the owl’ truly is.