The unseasonably warm spring weather has not only brought forward many summer flowers – it has sparked the usual round of crop circles.
An elaborate 100ft circle which appeared overnight has caused a stir after it was found in a field of oil seed rape near Silbury Hill, Wiltshire.
The extraordinary floral creation is comprised of six interlocking ‘petal’ like crescents.
Expert Lucy Pringle, widely known as an international authority on crop circles, believes this is the first ‘proper’ design of the year.
She added: ‘The start of the season is always exciting, I never know what’s going to happen for the rest of the year.
‘The latest circle is a floral pattern, I’ve never seen this before. There’s never been one identical to another.’
The circle has appeared in a field by the famous Silbury Hill, near Marlborough
Miss Pringle, from Petersfield, Hants, is a founder member of the Centre for Crop Circle Studies. She has conducted years of research in to the physiological and psychological effects reported by people after visiting the formations. She says her findings suggest there are measured changes in human hormones and brain activity following contact with the circles.
The new ‘floral’ design is the latest in a long line of patterns to be spotted in the UK over the years.
Previous formations have included stars, triangles, birds, complicated three dimensional geometric shapes and even intricate patterns with hidden mathematical codes.
One, discovered in 2008 near Wroughton in Wiltshire, was thought to represent the first ten digits of pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
Crop circles have been intriguing and fascinating ever since they were first reported, sparkling the immagination of many who believed they were a sign of alien communication.
They appeared in fields all across the world, fascinating, inciting, and sometimes scaring people from the US, Canada, the UK, France, Holland, even Romania.
The figures appear at night, being created far from any interfering eye. There have even been reports of “crop circles” in the Himalayan snow (though the name is a bit of a stretch in that case).
As anyone can see, the figures are complex, sometimes extremely complex, and are perfectly shaped.
The size varies from a few meters to even more than a hundred meters in diameter.
Crop circles are formed by flatterning whatever plants are unfortunate enough to be in the field.
Many of the crop formations (they are sometimes called like this, because not all are circular) are found nearby ancient monuments, such as the Stonehenge for example, which continues to fuel speculations about their extraterrestrial origin.
Out of all the formations in the world, almost 90% are located in south England, and out of those almost half were located within a 15 km radius from Averbury.