2003 - 1

 

 

Privett, nr West Meon, Hampshire.

Reported 20th April.

 

Field Report by Jamie Hiscocks: A few days ago I visited the Privett crop circle. I carefully examined a number of stems inside the formation. The tops of the affected plants were recovering very nicely. I discovered that the delicate yellow flowers remained intact and undamaged (including plants that had not recovered yet, these were lying horizontal and flat to the ground).

 

I discovered the 'magic bend' phenomenon inside this formation. The plants I examined with the 'magic bend' were bent at the base of the stem and towards the ground, they were not broken, and had no kinks.The 'magic bend' phenomenon is not to be confused with Phototropism - a natural effect that, in the case of crop circles, occurs when the affected plant attempts to recover from its 'downed' position towards a light source, of course, in this case it would be sunlight'. I discovered some plants with these anomalies to be buried beneath other flattened stems, a good indication that these anomalies occurred at the time of the crop circle's creation. (Jamie has eight photographs documenting the stem modification.)

Woodway Bridge, nr All Cannings, Wiltshire. Reported 26th April.

 

Report by Nick Nicholson: At Cannings Bridge I was well pleased that I took time out to visit despite the crop growing so much as to almost hide the formation so no spectacular ground shots here. The stem Nikola is holding a fine double bend there, and there were quite a few in the central circle. A story I am very happy to relate is an excited group of children confronted me on entering this field. They asked me if I was from the media, and what newspaper would my pictures appear in.  I disappointed them but they were not phased. They then asked what was creating them, and did I know that three weeks ago there was just the little main circle and then two weeks ago the ringed patterns appeared. These children were not kids with street credentials but they did have country credentials and seemed genuinely interested in what was going on. So we have a two stager.

This formation appears in oil seed rape. The grain was quickly recovering, showing that the plants were not damaged by mechanical breaking. One can see this in the photograph below.

West Overton, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 21st May.

 

Text from Crop Circle Connector: Formation in barley, rapidly recovering. Cannot tell from ground but seems to consist of several thin elliptical or curricular rings with wide separation between them and then something going on within all that. Only viewpoint I could find was on the north side of the A4 from on top of the tumulus. Formation has a telegraph pole within its rings.

The method for depressing the grain throughout the formation was a series of very small circles, not more than three or four stalks wide. This left the depressed grain looking like it was peppered. Notably, the long arcs forming the petals are thinner at the inner circle, and change in thickness where the short arcs meet them. This is consistent for all six.

 

Newmarket Hill (2), nr Woodingdean, East Sussex. Reported 25th May.

 

REPORT by Andy Thomas:  This is the second formation to appear in this field this month. It lies directly alongside the 'thought bubble' of 14 May.

This pattern is much larger than its predecessor, and is comprised of a central 102ft circle, with four diminishing circles on each side (thus nine in all, forming an S-shape), both sides leading to long 200ft (approx) curved paths which culminate in 25ft circles.  These paths are not unlike the design of last year's first Sompting formation.  The glyph's size is highly impressive and it must rate as one of the largest Sussex formations we've yet had.

The lay is very neat with more wonderful central splays in some of the circles.  There is almost no damage to the rape stems at all (the yellow rape flowers in the field are almost gone).

The farmer reports that the new design was not present yesterday, making the date of 25 May the firm appearance.  The night of its arrival was thus one of torrential rain between at least 12.30am and 2.00am - not nice conditions!

Halewick Lane, Sompting, Nr Worthing, West Sussex.  Reported 1st June.

 

REPORT by Andy Thomas:  A new formation has appeared in the same field as the two-armed design which appeared on almost exactly the same spot in June 2002. Sompting has been the Sussex Mecca for crop circles since 1990.


This new arrival resembles a spoked wheel, with a ringed central 41ft circle.  Six 23ft circles perch at regular intervals on the ring.  Curved paths then flow in towards this ring from a far outer ring, the total diameter of which is 202ft.  All components flow anticlockwise, with the exception of the outer ring, which is clockwise, although there is a very thin counter-flow on its outside edge.  There are some astonishing areas where the counter-flow has interlaced with the crop coming in the other direction, leaving complex and inseparable half-standing patches of matted stems in places.

 

The wheat is still fairly immature and very green, still with the distinctive bluey-white sheen on the stems, which rubs off at a touch. Although much of the crop is not lying entirely flat to the ground, with recovery evident even on the first day of its appearance, there seems to be no damage to the stems whatsoever, nor disturbance of the sheen.  There are one or two unusual places where the crop is very flat compared to the rest of the pattern.

This field is well lit at night due to the surrounding streetlamps, which would make any human activity a risky business given that the field is overlooked by houses and a pub on three sides.  Incidentally, the owner of the pub has taken it upon himself to shout at people coming out of the field, and the police stopped to watch us as we surveyed the formation (WITH permission of the farmer), so any potential visitors have been warned.

The nestling of the formation so close to the town, where many people are up and about all times of the night and day, shows that any hoaxing would have had a high probability of being detected. Hoaxers would not have chosen this site for their work.

Windmill Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 7th June.

Text from Stuart Dike: Situated on the beautiful graceful slopes of the largest known  causeway camp in Britain -- Windmill Hill that dates to 3700 BC.  A site well known for documented formations located less than a mile from Avebury,  Its slopes would have been a fresh white colour protruding from the wooded landscape. But today instead of the striking white chalk land, we now have these enormous crop circles to marvel at.  

This year has been a slow start compared to other seasons, but we have witnessed a design that wouldn’t have been out of place in the middle of July, which is the height of the season. It really is a departure from the early designs we are use to seeing at this stage of the season. However it was a welcomed one, and certainly surprising.  

This latest design was certainly a contrast from the others that have graced these slopes. Its actual location in the field was placed in a natural depression in the crop, or you could describe perhaps as a bowl. But the formation dimensions actual covered the entire surface area of this depression, which is highly intriguing. It certainly made the journey to this event a tricky one, as on foot you couldn’t see the formation within the field.  

So what is this design like on the ground? Well I have to say we have witnessed more impressively constructed formation in barley. But to actually be within a barley field is indeed a treat at this time of the season, for barley is quite a brittle crop, and has to be carefully placed. There was evidence of breakage on the stems, and mud in certain places.  

The smaller circles around the inner and outer edges were also messy in their construction. But one thing was certain, the conditions on the night of its creation was dreadful, with rain and very low visibility.  

Another hint of man is the lines connecting the inner and outer constructions. They are not always parallel or consistent in their width. If made by man it certainly was a masterful piece of work.