2002 - 3


Around the beginning of July I noticed a number

of complex figures that were irregular in construction.

In all cases these could be easily negotiated by man.

Hence I conclude that they were man made.


South Field, nr Alton Priors, Wiltshire.

Reported 22nd July.

Text from CFPR: The formation sits on top of the south field at Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. An enigmatic location indeed. Across the valley sits another formation the apple tree in the famous East Field and beyond that, Adams Grave and the Pewsey white horse. 

The formation spans some 250 feet in diameter and consists of an outer flattened ring, (approx) ten feet wide. Rather well constructed but very flat and subjectively lifeless.


Barbury Castle, nr Wroughton, Wiltshire.

Reported 24th July.


This formation is interesting because none of the arcs forming the pieces are continued  as a circle through the design. Two groups are displayed, an outer and an inner. The odd triangular pieces just touches an adjacent arc triangular piece, both in the outer group, and the inner group. The inner group is rotated so that it does not coincide geometrically with the outer group. The inner group is very nearly 1/2 the size of the outer group.

Stanton Bridge, nr Honey Street, Wiltshire. Reported 26th July.

This formation was highly intriguing. Although it shows a slight irregularity in the width of the intertwined arcs, it was later modified to transform the simple lines into blocks of laid crop to create the finished figure.

The formation lies in a field next to a barge canal. You can see the barges changing from one picture to the next.

These two pictures, although from a different position from the sky, must have been taken nearly at the same time. The canal barges have barely moved between the two shots.


Note that there are three structures in the field, in line, and equally spaced. The one on the left looks artificial, as though man made. In all three cases the farmer steered around them when spraying his crop.

This photographs was taken at a lower angle by a different person. The first two were taken by M. Williams; this one and the following were taken by Steve Alexander. The three canal barges are at approximately the same location as in the preceding shots.

Now something dramatic has happened. The crop has been laid down to create the finished figure. One can see that the canal barges have moved on and others taken their place.


The different shadings of the photographs could be due to several factors: time of day, camera exposure, camera filter, and so on.


We have seen the phenomenon where a formation is created and then later modified to bring out the full display. These were at Morcott, nr Barrowden, Leicestershire, reported 29th June, 1999, and Windmill Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire, reported 18th July, 2002.


Ivinghoe Beacon,  nr Dunstable, Buckinghamshire. Reported 26th July.

The formation is sitting in a field at the north-eastern end of the Ridgeway,  an ancient path that runs all the way from Alton Barnes, at the centre of the major UK crop circle area. As far as I know this is the first formation to appear in this location, although there was a quintuplet not far away at
Dunstable Downs.

Although smaller than East Field, this field is similar because it is surrounded by tall hill sides, allowing the formation to be viewed from all directions.

The wheat crop is very much more advanced than the Wiltshire crops. This shows in a slightly messy lay in some areas. However, other areas of the formation, like the tear drops have some interesting flows in them. This is shown in one of the attached photographs.

Report by
Russell Stannard


Avebury Stone Circle (2), nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 28th July.

In 2002, we have something very different, and may show us the balance one needs in researching the crop circle phenomenon. This latest shape has undeniable representations of the Yin & Yang principle of Chinese thinking of nature itself . . .

On the ground, the floor construction was very impressive. This could be easily seen even from 500 feet in a micro-light (aircraft). Small channels of crop around the formation were also visible, only a few feet across, but a very unusual feature, was evident around the central portion of the formation. The crop was placed at a different angle, to the normal flow. This was only in a small portion of curved crop around the wall of the inner pattern.  

This was the second formation to appear in this field. It was placed some 80 yards from the formation reported on June 21. See photograph below.

Report by Stuart Dike

The Gallops, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.

Reported 28th July.


This was another impressive formation. The regularity in the spokes, in their spacing, and in their length all show great finesse. The diameter is about 250 ft.


The number of spokes in all three rings by my count is 76. 72 would be an even number to make a division of a circle of 360 degrees into 5 degrees each. 76 is a ratio of 19/90.

Weyhill, nr Andover, Hampshire.

Reported 28th July.


Although easily created by man, this probably is a celestial creation. It doesn't even begin to compare with some formations made about this time.