Wiltshire- every UFO hunter’s dream
I still can’t fathom how on Earth did we end up droning a crop circle, but I guess if you happened to drive past one and had the drone gear in the back of your car, you’d do the same.
We were on our way to Avebury Stone Circle, after droning a commercial site the day before. Apparently this neolithic henge circle, (the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle by the way), is not as famous as the Stonehenge, but fascinating nevertheless. It consists of 3 circles actually, and sits bang in the middle of the Wiltshire village of Avebury. Rather inconsiderate then, don’t you think, to run the A4361 rightg through this “outstanding Neolithic and Bronze age monumental landscape” of the World Heritage Site? Whoever authorised it, remains to be seen, but up until 2021 nothing will be done about it, even though in 2015 it was found to be “damaging the archaeological fabric” and a closure was considered.
So back to Wiltshire and the UFO land. I noticed a white chalk horse on a cliff on the side of the road and told our pilot to reverse back to the junction and head that way. On our approach I noticed a small tent in a field and a sign saying “CROP CIRCLE”. Ha! Well now I did get excited! Funnily enough, I had been listening to a crop circle expert all the way up to Avebury. Her name is Francine Blake and she’s one of the Founding members of the Wiltshire Crop Circle Research Group. She has researched this fascinating phenomenon for years, so I’d say she’s more of an expert than the ones who claim that “droners have made them to get good footage”. See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBXbV8_USuI.
It makes an interesting watch. For instance it has been stated that the crop circles appear in 4 milliseconds or less. There have been cases of a farmer working on a field and suddenly turning around to find that a crop circle has appeared, while previously there was none. Also, the wheat does not seem to be broken, just bent, as if by steam. There is also structure and organisation in the way it is bent and immediately after it’s appearance anomalies can be measured in and around a crop circle. There can be braiding patterns formed by the plants and it has been said that the more sensitive of us can pick up strange feelings inside the crop circle. Francine also mentions camera malfunctions and strange or no footage at all after photographing crop circles. Well, our drone did not fall out of the sky having flown over it and the footage was all still there as well.
Anyway, it turned out that we had arrived at Hackpen Hill’s Crop Circle, which first appeared on the 8th of July 2017, as reported by the Crop Circle Connector. We arrived there on a day when it was absolutely chucking it down all day, but miraculously cleared up by the evening. The date was 22nd of July, which made this crop circle a few weeks old, hence not the freshest looking one. I did actually trudge down to the middle of the field in my white trainers, which obviously spelled the death of those trainers, as they never really recovered their whiteness after being subjected to ankle high mud. Let’s call it “field experience” in the name of science. I wanted to know if I felt anything or saw anything, but can honestly report back that I felt nothing. The field was just a muddy mess and a crop circle is really best seen from the air.
Now there have been many angry farmers apparently who complain of their fields being destroyed by the hoards of visitors who arrive after each sighting of a crop circle. At Hackpen Hill a Core Group Initiative was managing the co-operation with the farmer, charging each visitor £3 and providing information to the visitors. Paul, who was managing the site had spent weeks on the site at his caravan already. If anything, he must have got some good night sleeps in a quiet location out of it. The donations appeared to be going to farmer’s chosen charity. It turns out that Francine, whom I mentioned above, once recommended a farmer near Stonehenge who was at despair at people walking on his field to see the miracle, to start charging the visitors to his crop circle and that’s how it all started. That particular farmer at Stonehenge is said to have had over 20 000 visitors. Some quick calcs and you can see how this can be a rather lucrative business. Almost like owning the fields on which Glastonbury festival takes place. Piles of rubbish and ruined grass, but earnings are great to the landowner.
Got to tell you this as well. We actually ended up finding another crop circle nearby at Boreham Wood Nr Lockeridge, which had appeared on 1st of July 2017- one just gets wind of those things in Wiltshire (actually heard about it in a crystal shop in Avebury). It was a much more frazzled looking one with 2 circles actually. Read more about it here and I might do another movie of it at some point. While there, we noticed a car next to the field and spoke to the lad inside. You almost get a feeling like you’re a hurricane spotter in the US, there are others there, waiting to get same footage. Anyway, this lad turned out to be from Lithuania and he was there waiting for UFOs. Apparently he has seen quite a few in his years of cruising around the Wiltshire countryside. You can check out his work here, he is actually a very good photographer.
Anyway, Wiltshire is totally awesome fun, full of crystals, crop circles, UFOs and spiritual folk. Much like Glastonbury, but even more fun!