How to investigate crop circles in the UK

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How to investigate crop circles in the UK
Fields of mystery (Getty Thinkstock)

Every summer they appear massively and mysteriously. They provoke fascination in the minds of tourists, mouth-watering excitement for UFO-seekers, anger for farmers, and great enthusiasm for journalists. They are, of course, Crop Circles. But, what if you want to go from being merely an observer of this strange phenomenon to an investigator of it? Well, we have a few tips for you that might ensure you become the person who finally solves the puzzle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Since most of the Crop Circles that appear every year do so in Wiltshire, England, we first recommend you get hold of a good map of the county and acquaint yourself with the area. Second, given that practically all the complex formations appear after sunset, it's advisable to get your hands on some night-vision equipment. And a good, high-resolution camera, too.

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    Seeking out the circle-makers

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    Whether you believe they are the work of ingenious extraterrestrials, or of even more ingenious guys with far too much time on their hands and not enough of what's called a life, the fact is that Crop Circles are now as much a part of Britain's culture as is the footy and a decent pint. Everyone has seen pictures of them, and most people - if asked - would probably offer an opinion on what they might represent. But, if you want to get the answers for yourself, well, you've got to hot-foot it to Wiltshire.

    How to investigate crop circles in the UK
    Alien artwork? (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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    There's a good reason why the brains behind Crop Circles don't get busted by the police while they're making them: most of them appear at night. So, it's up to you to try and catch the pesky E.T.'s - or anorak-wearing mummy's boys with an unhealthy Star Trek obsession - in the process. But, there is a way around this problem of lack of vision when all the action is going down: employ a few techniques of those usually the domain of the army.

    How to investigate crop circles in the UK
    Graffiti in the corn (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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    It's relatively easy these days to get your hands on military-grade night-scopes. Those who have never used them will be amazed at the way in which they light up the darkness as if it's the middle of the day. So, get your arse to Wiltshire, fire up the night-vision, and have a scout around a few fields in search of the culprits. Make sure you have a good supply of audio-visual equipment too, to capture anything that might suggest E.T. likes to indulge in a bit of late-night Graffiti. And a Geiger-Counter might not be a bad idea.

    How to investigate crop circles in the UK
    Going around in circles (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Become familiar with the Wiltshire hot-spots where Crop Circles appear every year. Be prepared to spend endless nights sitting in darkened, shadowy fields. Take along with you the latest night-vision technology.
  • Be aware that if you do decide to roam around a field where a Crop Circle has appeared, if you don't get the permission of the farmer that owns the land, you're technically trespassing. So, don't blame us if you get a skinful of shotgun pellets in a lot of painful places!

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