1999 - 1


As our heavenly Visitors may have said,

"This, Folks, is the way it is done."

1999 saw a new panorama of display

untouched by previous years.

As Stuart Dike predicted, it was

"a little taste for what is to come."



Barbury Castle, nr Chiseldon, Wiltshire.

Reported 31st May.


Text by Stuart Dike, Edited

The main design is a strong resemblance to the Menorah, which is used in Jewish worship. This design appears to have slight alterations, especially at the base, where we find spikes instead of a normal base.

Its meaning is quite complex, but it is referenced within the Bible.

Situated just above the design and placed at an unusual angle to the Menorah, (is another formation) many are calling the Scarab Beetle. Obviously Ancient Egyptian in origin, and represented the creator god Atum, "he who came forth" and was thought to push the sun across the sky everyday.

Unfortunately due to the rapid growth of these two formations, the crop had recovered quite considerably, so many details of the floor construction has sadly been lost. However judging by the amount of stems still intact and the complete lack of evidence of mud I would surmise that the original condition was extremely good. I can however give you the rotations of the circles themselves.

If we start at the very base of the Menorah, the very bottom circle has an anti clockwise rotation, with the main stem flowing towards the base from the very top circle. The second circle from the base has an anti clockwise rotation with a raised nest centre.

If we start from the outer left side of the Menorah; the top circle has anticlockwise rotation. The second top circle from the left has an anti clockwise rotation. The third circle from the left has also an anti clockwise rotation, which had the best of the centres.

The forth circle at the very top of the main axis has a clockwise rotation.

If we move towards the right hand side of the formation, the rotations of the circles change to clockwise. What significance this has is not understood at this stage, but nevertheless must have some meaning from the left to right.

These two formations looked quite glorious in the evening summer light, as we stood on the hill overlooking them, and may have a profound meaning.

(The scarab, intermixed with the Menorah, is puzzling. Also, it is irregular in formation. This entire complex could be man made.)

Penton Grafton, nr Andover, Hampshire.

Reported 30th May.


Text by Stuart Dike, Edited

A huge nested crescent formation appeared in an immature green barley field, spanning over three tramlines in diameter. This formation is definitely crowned the best of the season, for its shear precision in its geometry, and for the exquisite nature of the floor construction.

We were extremely fortunately to visit this formation when itís still very fresh, as the flattened crop shines in the sunlight as I took the video shots from the pole, creating an amazing contrast. The walls of the formation were so precise, especially around the tapered walls, on the joined crescents.

The floor construction is the neatest I have ever come across within a barley formation. An unusual feature was the crop flowing inward towards the inner wall of the ring. This feature was also noted in each section of the joined crescent and on the outer perimeter crop.

There was no evidence of scrapings or mud on stems, as the floor lay had a wonderful fluidity to it, which is rarely scene in Barley at this stage in the season. The crop was flattened with a gentle force, as heavy pressure can be easily detected on such a young crop, which can create a mechanical appearance. In the Penton formation there was no evidence of such a feature.  

What an amazing formation, located away from the A342 on the outskirts of a sleepy Hampshire Village.

Wallop, nr Andover, Hampshire.

Reported Monday 3rd May.


This unusual formation may be man made. An eclipse of the sun took place on Wednesday, August 11th, passing over much of Europe and the Middle East. This would have predicted the eclipse. You can see the Moon represented by a solid circle in sequence from right to left, partially obscuring the sun, until the eclipse total is represented. If man made certainly an ingenious use of grain fields. If heavenly made, a closer communication with us.



Silbury Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 19th June.



Text by Stuart Dike, Edited

This formation appeared below Silbury Hill in Wheat. The formation is around 400 feet long, one tramline wide and resembles the "Wings of Horus". The centre of the wings has a circle with a small standing centre with the crop swirling around it. The circle is laid out in four quarters with a outside band flowing clockwise.

The floor pattern was split into four different directions, also copied for the Falcon Wings, which had a two directional flow to them. Hardly any breakage on the plants themselves, or evidence of mud. The crop recovered extremely quickly the next day, indicating how unaffected the plants were to the circle making force.

East Field (2), nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire.

Reported 12th June.


A clear serpent image. The regularity of the circles creating the form of the serpent suggests it was heavenly made.


It had wild grass growing within the crop, which was partially effected, partially standing. This would suggest that the force used to created the formation worked differently on different grasses. Overall, it had an impressive floor lay, with a wonderful fluidity, and some very nice splayed sunburst centres, placed at each intersections. There are two major directional flows involved in the overall creation, which intersect down the main axis.

Chilbolton, nr Andover, Hampshire.

Reported 16th June.


Text adopted from Stuart Dike:


This formation is in Barley and is approximately 250-300 feet in diameter and consists of 138 10-feet circles.. It is overlooked by the Radio Telescope. You can see the difficulty of use of the field that is under constant observation from the Telescope operators. Men making this formation probably would have been spotted.


This formation is based on a well known fractal dimension which  lies between a line and a plane, the first and second dimension. It is called the Sierpiniski Gasket after mathematician Waclaw Sierpiniski and has a fractal dimension of 1.58. Create it by starting with an equilateral triangle and remove the open central upside down equilateral triangle with half the side length of the starting triangle. This leaves three half size triangles. Then repeat the process on the remaining half size triangles, and so forth ad infinitum. The remaining form has infinite lines but is less than a plane.


Instead of drawing a simple line, the formation is outlined by small circles.




Junction 29 M1 Motorway, Nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Reported 16th June


DESCRIPTION: A circle or near-circle possibly 100-ft diameter. (estimated from aerial photo). On northern (upper) side, two circles, possibly 2Oft. diameter, side by side. On southern (lower) side two crescent shaped sharply pointed "pincers". In centre pear-shaped area of standing crop containing one 2Oft and one 6ft. laid circles.



Newton St Loe (2), Nr Bath, North Somerset.

Reported 13th June.

Text adopted from Stuart Dike.

One very noticeable aspect to the floor pattern was the underlying pathway running out from the smallest circle, spiraled around the main centre circle, and ending at the very end circle. This feature was also present on the larger designs back in 1996, at Stonehenge and Windmill Mill. But this feature is fundamental in producing a set of circles to increase in size, on such a spiral.

It was located in a field that yet had to see a crop circle. There are seventeen circles in total, but the overall floor pattern wasnít the best we had seen. However, as I stated before, very young wheat can produce irregular floor constructions, and unfairly condemn a formation to be man-made. This particular design had a mixture of quality to its floor lay; the best we had felt were on the tail of the spiral, especially the larger circles. The overall design was very impressive though, and demonstrated once again a return of previous designs.



West Overton, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 24th June.


This formation might represent a chemical diagram of a molecular formation. The formation was later the inspiration to name newly discovered nanotubules "crop formations."

Morcott, nr Barrowden, Leicestershire.

Reported 29th June.


DESCRIPTION: Adopted from Nick Nicholson:

This formation showed a very interesting development during its observed lifetime. On 5th July Nick Nicholson took a telephoto shot from across the small valley which gave a view obliquely downwards on to the formation. It clearly shows the rings of standing crop within the outer circumference forming the spiral. On 11th July Steve Pyrah entered the circle for a short time, took some dimensions by pacing and found the spiral still standing.

On 17th July Phil Brookman took a series of eleven air shots of excellent quality while circling the site on his Microlight. They show that at some time after 11th July the standing spiral had been flattened to the same level as the surrounding area. The laid spiral appears on the photos as lighter in tone than the rest of the laid area. It is clearly and crisply defined, even to the outer tail end, which diminishes evenly to nothing. The first lay was clockwise, and close inspection of the photos shows that the second lay was made in the opposite direction.

The following dimensions are estimated from the air photos, assuming that the tractor track = 5.5 ft.

Centre circle diameter. 25ft. Standing ring width 10.70.ft overall diameter. of standing ring 44ft. Width of large laid ring containing spiral 36ft. overall diameter. of large laid ring 127ft. Width of standing ring 11ft. Width of narrow outer laid ring 3.2ft. 0/a diameter. of formation I 57ft. Width of spiral track 3.7ft. Pitch of spiral 5.9 ft. Number of turns of spiral: 5.

CROP: Wheat, approaching ripeness.




Allington Down , nr Devizes, Wiltshire.

Reported 26th June.

Text adopted from Stuart Dike:

The Saturday the 26th of June, was full of surprises, and to cap it off as a wonderful day, we discovered just a couple of miles down the road from the Stanton St Bernard formation, an exquisite three armed formation, placed on the flat below the slightly older Esher formation.

The formation had a total of 28 circles, with the main central circle having a diameter of 32ft, with an overall estimated diameter of 230ft. The circles on each arm included nine with varied sizes, ranging from 10ft to 20ft. The floor pattern was extremely nice with some beautiful centres, including standing tufts in the central circle with a number of splayed centres on a selection of arm circles.

A very interesting feature was included in the second circle placed on the western arm, as it had a floor pattern incorporating half wheat, and half-wild grass. There havenít been many circles, which include a combination of crop and grass, but the formation was situated in such a way, that it spread itself across this section in the crop where wild grass was growing. This resulted in this particular circle being created in an irregular manner, as the aerial shots show.

The overall floor pattern was extremely neat, and was still very crunchy to walk on, indicating how fresh this formation was. Walking around the entire formation, there was no evidence of broken stems, or mud present on the stalks. We also looked very carefully at the stems themselves, and noticed that some slightly swelled nodes were present, while some people found the notorious magic bends seen in a number of formations.

The fine formation had a wonderful fluid quality to the overall pattern, which created a design that had similar characteristics seen in 1996 with East Field near Alton Barnes. Some now regard this as a three armed DNA.

Escrick Park Estate, nr Riccall, 

North Yorkshire.

Reported 22nd June


Text from James Lyons:

Following  its  discovery  on  the  Escrick Park  Estate on  Monday   the   21st June ,  this  formation has  caused  a  local  stir.  I  visited  the  site  some  10  miles  south  of  York  on  the  A19  road  to  Selby, on  the   30th  June.  The  formation  formed  in  a  field  of  barley  around  3ft  high  some  200 yards  from  the  main estate house  and industrial  units.  No  one  saw  anything relating  to  its  appearance.  The  location is  a  mile  or  so  from  ancient  tumuli.  The  underlying  geological  structure  is  coal (the  Selby  Coalfield).  It  is  located  some  2  miles  from  the  River  Ouse.  No detailed  underground  water  measurements  were  taken.

The crop  lay  was untidy  but  not  out  of  the  ordinary.  Circles  nearer  the  centre  of  the  formation  showed  much  neater  flow, with  a  characteristic  uneven/asymmetric flow  across  their  diameters. Seed  heads  neatly  lined  up  pointed  towards  the  centre of  each  circle  on  the  east  side  and  outwards  on  their  west  sides. There  was  a  distinctive heavier  flattening  in  their  centres  and  bunching  up  towards  their edges.  This  division  of  flow  showed  a  distinct  two section forming  process,  consistent  with  the  underlying dominant  toroidal  flow and  associated six-fold  geometry  of  the  total  pattern. Large circles in  the  centre square  were 90 inches diameter, the  larger ones being 190 inches. Patterns  of these  larger  circles  were  pinned to  the  smaller  circles  which  dictated  their  overall shape,  again confirming  the  toroidal  nature 

of  the creative  forces. Diameter of  the overall  formation  was  265 ft.  The square in  the  outer  circle is  aligned  precisely  north -south/ east-west.  The  number  of  row/columns of  small  circles  are  Fibanacci  numbers  8,13. Note the "shading" by different lays of the grain to produce effect.




Text from Simon Ritchie in York Local News.

Can you decipher the crop circle code?

This baffling creation was carved out of a barley field on the Escrick Park Estate which is just off the A19 York to Selby road near Riccall. Look at it one way and the figure 80 appears, turn it round and a strange face is visible!  But who or what created it? Is it the work of aliens, pranksters, wind or highly-intelligent rabbits? It was discovered on Monday the day of the summer solstice. Charles Forbes Adam, who runs the estate, said: "It's all very weird. I don't know what to think of it. It's funny that it happened on the summer solstice and during Glastonbury festival week. We have leased out 22 units on the estate to businesses, so it could be some extraterrestrials who want to move here," he joked.

An estate spokeswoman said: "It just appeared from nowhere on Monday morning. We have no idea who has done it. We are trying to figure out what it all means." Geoff Eastwood, of Skipwith, who farms the land, first noticed it while flying over his fields.

"It's all very strange. I'm no great believer in aliens so I think it must be the work of hoaxers. "This is the first crop circle I've ever had in my fields, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for any more."