2001 - 1


The year 2001 opened with a

continuation of 2000.


Old Winchester Hill, Nr Warnford. Hampshire. 
Reported 12th May.


This circle is is flowering Oil Seed Rape (canola). Since Oil Seed Rape is a very brittle plant, and this formation is quickly recovering, the means of creating the circle must be other than crushing of the plants by human effort.

Pegsdon, nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Reported 28th May.


I have no facts to state concerning this circle, nor its adjacent companion.

Berranburgh field, nr Burderop Hackpen,  Wiltshire.

Reported 27th May.


I have no facts to state concerning this circle.

Stephen Castle Down (2), Upham, Hampshire. 

Late May?


The unusual method of forming an image in a grain field strongly suggests this was heavenly made, despite its irregularities. The technique would have been very difficult to execute without crushing neighboring plants.

Wakerley Woods, Barrowden, Northamptonshire. 
Reported 3rd June.


While this is a very impressive array the irregularities in the individual images strongly suggest it was man made.

Hill Barn, nr Badbury, Wiltshire.

Reported 17th June.


The Ouroboros (also spelled Oroborus, Uroboros or Uroborus) is an ancient universal symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle. It has been used to represent many things over the ages, but it most generally symbolizes ideas of cyclicality and primordial unity. The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations.


The name ouroboros means "tail-devourer". The depiction of the serpent is believed to have been inspired by the Milky Way, as some ancient texts refer to a serpent of light residing in the heavens.


Plato described a self-eating, circular being as the first living thing in the universe-- an immortal, perfectly constructed animal.


It may very well represent the eternal cycles of the heavens.

Folly Barn, nr Liddington, Wiltshire.

Reported 24th June


I have no facts to report concerning this formation.

Cannings Cross Nr All Cannings, Wiltshire. 

Reported June 1

Text from Charles Mallett:

As we reached the maximum elevation at Cannings Cross we were slammed in the face by a surreal image. Stretched across a field of young wheat on our left was a formation that, from our position on the roadside, struck us as being a quite massive and very impressive sight, not to mention a rather refreshing and unique departure from the norm.

We swiftly located the farmer whose field the formation adorned. To our horror he announced to us that he was going to cut the thing down very soon. He advised us that if you need to see it you'd better do it quickly, it isn't gonna be there long? With a sense of great urgency (and with permission) we hurried down the tramlines to get our fill before the formation was lost to the mower, an hour later the glyph had lost all of its central components.  (Note the removal of the central portion of the formation by the farmer.)


An arrangement of some sixty circles spanning 315ft of wheat. At its widest the formation is 104 ft.

At the center there are, or were, twelve standing barrels of wheat, each with a 9ft diameter. These were all extremely well constructed and, it seems, positioned with extreme precision. This core feature has a kind of scalloped enclosure made from flattened circles that radiate out in the
two directions for some considerable distance.

Each of the two lateral arrangements  of downed circles recedes into the distance diminishing in size from 16 to 9.  The whole arrangement tapers off to a fine point with 4 rows of 5 circles joined by 1 row of 3 and a single circle to complete the point.  On the whole a very pleasing formation
with a fine quality lay throughout.

Comment: Because of the irregularities in construction, the different diameters of the circles and spacing, many feel this was a man made formation.



Chilcomb Down, nr No Man's Land, Hampshire. 
Reported 15th July.


I have no information on this crop creation.