In the U.K., while scientists don’t acknowledge that crop circles are “real,” they say they have an unexpected benefit by helping to reverse the decline in birds.

A two-year study found the skylark breeding increased 50% when areas of the fields were left unplanted, in order to preserve the circles. These areas eventually sprout weeds, which provide food for birds. David Gibbons, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, says, “Crop circles once fascinated the nation; [unsown] patches could be the new phenomenon, and one with a worthwhile legacy.”

Environment Minister Elliot Morley says, “I hope farmers across the country will make the most of these patches so skylarks will once again become a common sight on British farmland.” The message: crop circles aren’t real, but as long as they’re here, let’s use them!

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