While taking his dog for a walk through the woods near Meddon on Monday, July 13, Ben Landricombe stumbled across something bizarre.
He came across a ‘flattened’ area of woodland where a number of trees had snapped and fallen down.
Ben, who lives in Plymouth, couldn’t help but wonder if there was more to the discovery as he thought the way the trees had snapped was “strange”.
Eventually, he decided the destruction might have been caused by aliens, reports Plymouth Live.
He said: “Found a crash site in the woods – could be UFO. I stopped to take the dog for a walk in the woods today as we’re camping.”
He went on to describe the area as being “eerie” and claimed he heard “weird sounds” and felt like he was being watched.
However, experts aren’t convinced an alien landing is responsible for the fallen trees and have instead shared their own theories.
Forestry England pointed out that UK woodland areas are no stranger to UFO sightings, but they thought in this instance ‘windblow’ had caused the damage.
A spokesperson for Forestry England said: “The nation’s forests are no stranger to UFO sightings, as debate continues to rage about the legendary 1980 sighting in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk.
“The ‘alien crash site’ near Meddon actually looks like ‘windblow’ to us. This happens when trees are destabilised by strong winds and the first ones to fall can topple their neighbours in a dramatic domino effect.”
They added: “What has happened at Meddon could be a clever trick by aliens to disguise a landing, but perhaps not fool proof, as Ben’s dramatic discovery shows. We still think it’s windblow.”
A spokesperson for The Met Office has also taken a look at photos of the trees and they believe a mini tornado or funnel cloud is responsible.
They told Plymouth Live: “I suspect this has been caused by a funnel cloud or mini tornado that may have just touched down at that point in the woods causing the trees to snap and fall into each other.
“Mini tornadoes do not last very long in the UK hence there is not an obvious path of destruction and it probably would have started and been over within a matter of seconds or a minute.
“This may have happened several weeks ago and only now has it been discovered by the man. Most funnel cloud or mini tornadoes go unnoticed in the UK unless over a particularly urban area.”
The Met Office added that the UK sees around 30-35 tornadoes each year – but they’re very rarely strong enough to cause significant damage.