2000 - 5



Allington Down ,

nr Devizes, Wiltshire.

Reported 1st August.


Text from Stewart Dike:


This year, we have experienced a formation on the slopes of Clifford Hill,  which is extremely powerful with regard to its archetypal central design.  The jury is still out on what this pattern actually represents, but is one  of those shapes you say "I know this shape, but I can't quite remember where  from" On first appearance it had an ancient tribal quality, but it could be  possibly Egyptian? More research is needed.

From the aerial shots, you can clearly see there is an error within one side  of the design. On each side there are four sunrays, but only three on one  section. Of course, it may have been intended to be that way, but there was  a space where the fourth ray should be? Something which I noticed while  walking around the formation, was the amount of stones between the crop. This  may have hindered the transmission process, which could have caused that  particular portion of the formation to be missed out.

Giant's Grave, nr Oare, Wiltshire. Reported 3rd August.


Text from Stuart Dike:

Entering the formation, I immediately noticed the quality of the floor construction, this is a very impressive formation, and has four rings, which when intersected, produce the inner detailing of the design.  But once again, the geometry is by no means perfect. On the northern outer ring section, (facing towards Giant’s Grave) a slight anomaly has appeared, as the ring inside the outer section, has cut through part of the design, which are present on the other two easterly and westerly rings. The central larger ring is also irregular viewed from the aerial shots. This is probably caused by the slight incline of the field, as the formation is placed at the very top, just below the strip lynchets. (Which are also ancient ramparts).



Text by Stuart Dike: Our first visit to Broadway Banks was to see, what we thought at the time was an incomplete formation. Well, I guess we were right, because it took a while but the second formation to appear here, completed itself almost a few weeks after its initial appearance.

Broadbury Banks (2), nr Wilsford, Wiltshire. Reported 5th August.




Their second visit had made a dramatic difference to the design, as the lines they had made for the seven-fold star were flattened to create a wonderful formation. It was a pleasure to finally photograph the completed intended pattern in the field.

All Cannings Bridge (2), nr Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire. Reported 8th August.

All Cannings Bridge, nr Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire. Reported 7th August.


These two formations appeared next to one another on successive nights.

Martinsell Hill, nr Clench, Wiltshire.

Reported 10th August.

Patcham, nr Brighton, East Sussex.

Reported 12th August.


Text by Andy Thomas: Effectively two back-to-back arcing paths with superimposed circles, this attractive fractal-looking pattern is composed of 21 anticlockwise circles in all. A 36’ circle sits at the centre of the arcs while four tails, each of five decreasing circles (averaged at 22’, 18’, 12’, 9’ and 7’), flow outwards. From furthest tip to furthest tip, the formation spans 200’.

The formation lies in a very late crop of barley just west of the country road which runs from the down land beauty spot Ditchling Beacon to Patcham, not far from where it meets the A27. A very good view of the formation can be had from this road.

The design is crisply defined and the wispy swirls of barley attractive. The arcs which form the skeleton of the design are clearly visible as paths creating the backbone for all the circles, like the Stonehenge fractal of 1996. They underlie the circles, but also act as overtly integral pathways in between. There are in fact four paths forming the arcs, not two continuous ones, each laid running outwards from a clear starting point in the central circle. The largest circles of the two ‘tails’ on each side actually touch, merging with each other (see photo), forming a sort of vesica pisces. Where this occurs, the lay of the easternmost circle superimposes the western one.

As with the Sompting formation at West Sussex reported two days previously, this pattern also displays examples of individual wheat stems swept into the lay of the formation from behind standing unaffected stalks, an unlikely, if not impossible effect to create by the use of any mechanical instrument.

Text from Stuart Dike:

This breathtaking formation is situated high on the hillside between the two hills, with Tawsmead Copse at the bottom of the slope. It is positioned on the crest or brow of the hill itself, and immediately reminded me of the 1997 Torus, just along from this location. In fact it is a progression from the 1997 design, but this time with masterful execution. Just like its simpler cousin in 1997, if you stand on the far side of the formation, facing the vista of South Field in the background, you can not see the other side of the design. It literally slopes away from you, which is quite extraordinary!

Woodborough Hill (3), nr Alton Priors, Wiltshire. Reported 13th August.

The shear precision within this formation is quite remarkable. The reason they have positioned this pattern on the brow of the hill, is to enhance the wonderful three dimensional aspect to the design from the air. Really this formation is best viewed from the air, but the pole shots also show a more human level of the geometry. There are 13 rings that make up the inner design, which decrease in size as well as the individual elements as they reach the main central circle. From an aerial photograph, you can watch this formation move and rotate with of your eyes. This is a credit to the precision, but also to the Torus effect, which is so evident in this pattern.

Chilbolton Radio Telescope, nr Andover, Hampshire. Reported 13th August.


Text from Stuart Dike: The design is simply enormous, but from the air, you can quite clearly see that the Circlemakers have incorporated the dish into the design. Its almost like a mirror image, but has similarities to the designs that appeared last year in Hampshire. There seems to be a theme still in progression from the designs that appeared not far from this location in 1999. It had a very different feel to the Wiltshire formations, and we were very lucky to find it in extremely good condition. Its remote location, has stopped people visiting it, so many of the smaller circles still had their curtain of crop intact from one circle to another.

The floor pattern was extremely neat. Very nice sections of crop, like running water, flowing from the dish shape design into the head circles. The whole formation covered a very wide stretch of crop, probably one of the largest in square feet this year! The Circlemakers must have intended for the design to mimic the telescope, probably trying to tell us this form of data, is important in some way? Who knows, but it was well worth the visit!