Author: The Croppie

The Strange Case of Crop Circles

Classic 1991 crop circle documentary from the phenomenon’s golden years. Produced by Juniper for Channel 4’s Equinox series. To enlarge each video, double click and select ‘full...

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Why Wouldn’t You? #2

Photographs of the beautiful Wiltshire landscape . . . who could resist the opportunity? These images have been taken by Steve Dewey whose name may be familiar to readers with an interest in the Warminster UFO phenomenon. He is the co-author of three books on the subject, including the excellent ‘In Alien Heat‘. All images are copyrighted by Steve Dewey. They are reproduced here with permission. Visit his Flickr page as I really don’t have enough good things to say about his...

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July 2014: Charlton Crop Circle

Northern Wiltshire town Malmesbury is hardly renown for its proximity to the crop circle phenomenon. Even so, the past few years have brought a few formations to its doorstep. On 8 July 2014 the nearby village of Charlton was visited by the circle makers on Tetbury Lane. The formation consisted of a ‘tripod of small triangles inside a broken triangle which in turn is surrounded by a broken circle.’ The circle is notable for the UFO sighting featured in 21 July’s Western Daily Press. The story states A woman says she has been left ‘freaked right out’ after she...

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Operation Blackbird

Some videos covering Operation Blackbird, the July 1990 cropwatch organised by the BBC and Japan’s Nippon Television. Based at Bratton Camp near Westbury in Wiltshire, the project’s volunteer staff were co-ordinated by the two most recognisable cereologists of the time: Colin Andrews and Pat Delgado. The first three videos are a retrospective examination of Operation Blackbird broadcast on the BBC’s ‘People Today’ programme. The BBC news report covering the hoax for which Operation Blackbird has become best known: Finally, two television reports featuring Colin Andrews and Pat Delgado during Operation Blackbird’s opening...

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June 2014: Besford Crop Circle

On 14 June 2014 a five pointed star and pentagon formation appeared on a hillside at Besford, in the southern midlands county of Worcestershire. Detail is shown in the featured image by Steve Alexander. It was the second circle in two years to have appeared in fields owned by farmer Edward Robinson, both just across the railway track from a radio telescope that forms part of Jodrell Bank’s MERLIN array. Robinson told the Worcester News the circle was ‘vandalism’ and claimed it had cost him £1,000 in lost crop. He also told the newspaper of the problems some croppies...

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2016 Predictions

Recent crop circle history seems to have developed a habit of repeating itself. With this in mind The Croppie boldly predicts the following to occur between February and September 2016: Some very bad circles One thing that’s guaranteed: there will be some shocking crop circles. Everyone has to start somewhere, though, and this can be forgiven. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t make their way onto this site! Andrew Pyrka’s book to remain locked up We’ve been promised croppie Andrew Pyrka’s book for what must be around five years now. Initially titled ‘Interacting With the Crop Circle Phenomenon’, it...

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July 2014: Cherington Crop Circle

On 27 July 2014 the usually circles shy county of Gloucestershire received a crop circle with the craziest lay seen in more than a decade. At Parkes Hill Plantation, near the small village of Cherington, farmer Henry Arden was alerted to the circle by the presence of a helicopter. ‘I went up there and found the circle,’ Arden told the Daily Mail. ‘I didn’t really want hordes of people trampling over our finest milling wheat. I was so angry about it I was really rude to some people. However, I’ve grown to love it for various reasons.’ According to...

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Secret Circles

A 1989 BBC West documentary discussing the theories behind the crop circles. Broadcast during the phenomenon’s golden years this programme provides a genuine insight into the beliefs, doubts and assumptions made by croppies of the era. Features Professor Heinz Wolff of the cult Great Egg Race television show. Enlarge the videos by double clicking on them and selecting ‘full...

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Why Wouldn’t You? #1

Why would anyone go to the effort of staying up all night and making a crop circle? Perhaps it is something to do with the Wiltshire landscape, an arena that is as beautiful in winter as it is midsummer. The photographs on this page are by Ben Cremin and are reproduced under a Creative Commons licence. Please take the time to visit his Flickr page and view his other...

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The Croppie was established in 2015 to cover all aspects of the crop circle phenomenon occurring across Britain. This includes new formations, circles history, conspiracies and related culture.

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