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Broadbury Banks (3), nr Wilsford, Wiltshire. Reported 13th August.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

Well, they finally revisited Broadway Banks, to complete their first design on the slopes of this ancient settlement. But obviously the Circlemakers werenít satisfied to just finish what they had started, because Broadbury 3 was formed on the same night as the second transmission. (See preceding page.)

The new formation was positioned directly next to the first, but at the very top part of the field. It formed just over the brow, and has elements within the design from formations of the past. A very narrow ring (flowing in a clockwise rotation) connects three large satellite circles, each one with their own annual outer ring. The design placed within the central circle were a series of petal shapes, seen many times this year. Six triangular sections of crop framed the inner petal shape, which hasnít been seen before.

Shaw Hill, nr Ludgershall, Wiltshire.

Reported 16th August.

 

Text from Stuart Dike: The formation itself was well worth the visit. Our short time at Shaw Hill, allowed us to take quite a few details of the floor construction, which was very impressive. Once again, we had a combination of new features, for the 2000 crop circle season. The first one, is the curtain of standing crop, around a central inner circle. This feature was first seen at Pewsey White Horse, some 9 days earlier, but on a much larger scale. Although this was a scaled down version, it was still intriguing, and maybe a hint of things to come in the 2001 season?

The second feature worth mentioning, was the largest of the 12 circles. This is the one placed as the central circle to the three arms. It had a classic ĎSí type swirl, but with a combination of them creating a meandering floor pattern, with impressive accuracy. Each individual arm had its own characteristics. The smaller of the two arms had two rings around the first two circles leading out from the central circle.

Jack & Jill Windmills, nr Clayton, West Sussex. Reported 22nd August.

 

Text from Martin Keitel: Immediately when entering the formation it was clear to me it was fresh, certainly not older than a couple of days. The crop was flowing in a circular manner around the centers of each circle, softly and slightly elevated above the ground, not tightly flattened. The overall geometry was pretty easy to figure out; a large central circle, some 35 meters in diameter, embraced symmetrically by 13 smaller circles from about 18 m to 2,5 m in diameter. Most unusually, the flow of the crop in all circles was anti-clockwise.

While the stalks were neatly following the overall direction of the circular flow, the seedheads were randomly pointing in all directions, making the floor pattern seem a bit out of perfect. The centers showed absolutely no damage and in some centers there was a hollow spot of "missing stalks".

Yes, like Andy noticed even after harvesting, there were bent nodes and neat arc-curvatures of the stalks on ground level. I spotted and videotaped stalks with bent nodes following the direction of the overall twist, close to a center of one circle. These details were taking away my initial doubts of this possibly having been made by people (since the geometry was so simple to construct).