1997 - 2

HenWood Down, Nr West Meon, Hampshire.
Reported 17th July.


This ant representation was the first insect or animal portraiture to appear in the crop circle formations. It was original, later imitated by fakes.

Oliver`s Castle, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire.

Reported 23rd July.


This formation is highly exceptional, but one would be inclined to believe it is man made because of the irregularity of the shapes created by the depressed grain. At this point we do not know how to classify it. Examination of the grain stalks would indicate whether or not it fits with celestial formation, but we do not have access to witness that would inform us with certainty.

Silbury Hill, Nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 23rd July.



The geometry is known as a Koch Snowflake, a fractal design named after a pioneering mathematician. Spectacular lay of the crop.

It consisted of 126 circles (Including Central Circle) and with three circles on each of the star triangular sections. They are placed around the perimeter of the formation, with two different sizes of circles on each side of the triangles.

The central section has a huge area of flattened crop. This consists of a central circle, which flows out into six inner directional flows. The crop was flattened in such a way that the floor pattern was like water; it had a fluid aspect to it, as if the construction was put down in seconds. The pattern itself was very complex in its floor construction. Some nice details were noticed like the change in direction of the crop laid underneath each other with each direction changing to suit the six sections of the inner lay.

Only from the air can this formation be appreciated fully.

Milk Hill, Nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire.
Reported 8th August.


August 8th, below Milk Hill at Alton Barnes, 200 feet, wheat. Very Similar to the earlier Silbury Hill formation, except the interior of this one has standing crop with an inward-facing fractal pattern. 204 circles make it a new record. It was discovered by Nick Riley at 6.00 AM.

The range of hills located outside of the famous village of Alton Barnes have been the home to many Crop formations since the days of 1990. Milk Hill is situated further along from Adams Grave, and is adorned by its own White Horse escarpment.

Situated close to the White Horse, at the very end of the field directly below Milk Hill itself, is a design which is a progression from the formation at Silbury Hill. It has to be called the Koch Snowflake 2, as the middle section of the design, now incorporates a beautiful flower pattern, resembling an inverted Snowflake Fractal.

The floor pattern is quite exquisite, and is superior to the Silbury lay, as the central design produces a fantastic sweeping lay around the outer section, flowing into each semi 5 sided star segments. Not only that, but the whole design now incorporates over 200 circles within its shape, (A NEW RECORD!) Every circle seems to be in a clockwise rotation, this includes the circles on the central pattern as well. Within the central section, there are two circles with the most elegant (nest) centers, very carefully bound to produces these raised sections.

The overall diameter is not confirmed yet, but its very similar in size to the Silbury Hill snowflake, probably over 200 feet, and is placed on a slight incline in this picturesque part of Wiltshire.



Hackpen Hill, Nr Broad Hinton, Wiltshire.
Reported 18th August.


The is the third of the fractals to appear in 1997. This is not a "true' fractal since geometric portions are missing. One must question if this is a man made formation attempting to imitate the first two. However, the structure of the grain suggests otherwise.

Its made from a simple triangle section, which creates the central portion of the design. Around its perimeter it has the star segments seen on the bigger designs at Silbury and Milk Hill. No doubt that this shape came from the same agency as the others, as the floor construction is straight out of the other two, with very neat sweeping flows into each star segments, and incorporating a circle swirl in the centre of the main triangle. This creates a floor pattern which then feeds the outer pattern into each of the outer sections creating the star shapes.

An interesting feature was noted within the whole floor pattern this being the channels of crop, which are flattened completely parallel with each other. Many people called this feature the Comb Effect! This would be an accurate description of the floor construction. However the very small circles or Grapeshot which radiate out of the design, were very irregular, not only in the design, but in their floor pattern, to suggest man interference. Many circles had a four directional swirl, but looked very mechanical in their construction, this was a shame as the formation was far superior.

Upham, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire.

Reported 14th August.


A tantalizing formation, but irregularities suggest it was man made. It certainly would not be a commanding termination to the 1997 season.