Before entering a crop circle please check if the farmer granted access. This can be seen on our website, Mobile App or on our Facebook page.
If there is no clarity regarding access (yet), please do not assume that permission is given. There could be many reasons for farmers to deny access.
When there is a sign asking not to enter the field, please respect it.
Crop circles and their visitors are a big concern for the farming community as it affects their livelihood and privacy. It has been estimated that each crop circle costs the farmer between 500-1000 GBP.
If there is a donation box at the entrance or a poster that the farmer signed up to the Crop Circle Access Scheme, this is a sign of implicit permission on receipt of payment. The crop circle access donation pass costs 10 GBP the season.
Funds from the sale of these donation passes are exclusively used to compensate farmers. Contributions are properly managed by the Farmers’ Crop Circle Reimbursement Fund.
Having a Crop Circle Access Donation Pass does not imply that all crop circles can be visited, this is only for circles were access has been granted by the farmer.
Crop Circle Access Donation Passes are available online, at the craft shop in St.Peter’s Church in Marlborough, the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, The Sticks and Stones Cafe at the Woodborough Garden Centre, Faux Arts in Marlborough and various other convenient locations in the area.
Season Pass: £10
We wish to make it clear that the Crop Circle Access Scheme is presented as a suggestion to crop circle visitors, tour groups and other interested parties. We have no intention, capacity or desire to enforce the collection of any access payments. We do however hope that crop circle visitors will see the benefits of this initiative and participate in order to help further develop good working relationships with the farming comunity.
Access Donation Passes also can be obtained from the following places:
Many farmers are justifiably very angry at the destruction of their crop, the loss of income and the lack of respect for their land that they feel is often displayed by visitors. Visitors are often upset by angry responses from farmers as they do not fully understand the reasons for this.
Visitors may not be aware of the extent of this negative experience of farmers. There is a very real risk that all or many formations will be immediately cut out. The time to improve the experience of farmers is very definitely right now. We plead with all to understand and accept the changes being made in the gentle management of this phenomenon.
The donation box system of the past for remunerating farmers has not worked in practice.
The Access Scheme concept has been developed through a significant process of consultation that has included the Devizes Constituency MP (Claire Perry), Farmers, the Rural Crime Team of Wiltshire Constabulary, the National Farmers Union, Wiltshire Council, the Director of the Wiltshire Museum, the CEO of VisitWiltshire. We have also consulted widely within the crop circle comunity – researchers, cropcircle tourleaders and conderence organizers and anual visitors – in this effort to bring about positive and lasting change.
All money from Access Donation Passes will go directly to the affected farmers. This will be managed by the Farmers Crop Circle Reimbursement Fund.
People come to Wiltshire from all corners of the world each summer, arriving with a simple set of burning questions. Where do these crop circles come from? Are they ‘real’?
Can I visit circle a circle? And if so, is there a code of conduct to follow?
We help to answer these questions.
Learn all about crop circles at our special summer exhibition (10th July - 10th August 2015) at St. Peter's Church in Marlborough.
St. Peter's Church
Wiltshire SN8 1HQ
10th July - 10th August 2015
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sundays: 10am - 3.30pm
Only when a farmer granted access.
Please check our website and Mobile App to see which circles can be visited.
Crop Circle Access Centre