South Wales Argus – April 29, 2011
The 220 feet diameter circle was spotted by lorry drivers coming across the old Severn Bridge on Friday and has been created in a field of oil seed rape on the Welsh side of the river near the New House industrial estate.
Who created it is currently a mystery.
The discovery was reported to the Devizes-based Wiltshire Crop Circle Study Group (WCCSG), set up in 1995 to look into such phenomena.
Its photographer, Olivier Morel took to the skies in a light aircraft on Saturday, taking these photographs of the circle, for it to be studied.
He says it is only the second crop circle ever to be reported in Wales- with the other appearing two miles north, near Woolaston Grange, last October.
He said: “The first ever crop circle reported in Wales was the last of the season last year in a field of wheat. And now, this one two miles away, is the first of the season this year.”
But farmer Paul Rymer said the damage would cost him around £600 in lost sales of the crop.
He said: “I am not too impressed, I am annoyed about it. They don’t know how much of a problem they have caused.”
Mr Rymer said he had now installed surveillance cameras on the land in a bid to catch any would-be vandals.
He added: “We do not want them starting it anywhere else.”