2003 - 4

 

 

Weyhill, nr Andover, Hampshire.

Reported 18th July.

Nr Weyhill - just off road leading to Penton Maizley - just visible through break in bushes opposite a small parking spot. The crop was Barley.

Large 6 pointed star surrounded by large ring with 6 'light bulb' shapes coming out of it - approximately 300 to 350 ft diameter.

Note the rotation effect with the location of the spoke on the six outer circles.

Next to the Avon Valley cycle route between Bath and Bristol. Field between New Bridge and the River Avon - opposite the Boathouse public house.

 

Difficult to tell from ground level but it looks like an eight petalled flower. I entered the circle and the crop was flattened but not at all damaged.

Newbridge, nr Bath, Somerset.
Reported 18th July.

Firs Farm, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.

Reported 19th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

On the flat fields towards the village of Beckhampton on a farm, which has received literally dozens of formations since 1990, we witness this formation of a design from the past. This particular field has been fairly active over the 13 years of crop circling in Wiltshire. We had the very unusual scrolls designs in 1990, and then in 1992, a set of three circles in a line. It wasnít until the late nineties that this field was hit again in 1998, 1999, and now in 2003.  

The rings were very unexpected. It really is a departure from the patterns in the immediate Avebury area, but is also taking us back towards the past. But the concentric ringed formation is clearly demonstrating that it is still very much part of this mystery, and judging by its popularity, people are still enjoying the old designs.

From the air the rings certainly come into there own, as we see why the whole design has a purpose to be seen from the air!  The furthest outer ring is only around 6 inches in width not even enough to walk comfortably down. The small satellite circle on the outer edge of the ring creates the impression that it is indeed some type of planetary body. The effect is even greatly enhanced as the aircraft circuits the formation, as this small circle appears to be orbiting the rings themselves! This is an awesome experience to witness, but something even more remarkable is evident. The outer ring itself, amazingly links itself with what must be a Neolithic structure, or some kind of reminisce of a Neolithic agricultural marking? You can see this, in many of the aerial images we have on this report page. Itís very faint, but you can see it far clearer within the Steve Alexander image, with the small satellite circle sat inside the marking.

On the ground, the floor construction was one of the neatest I have witnessed in the Avebury area. Very flat to the ground around each ring, with a nice conventional floor pattern in the center circle. Nothing to write home about, with regard to features, but a nice example of a set of rings, in a field, which has created some of the most interesting patterns of the last 13 years. It is also a field, which has been part of a series of anomalies from certain formations over the years. A powerful part of the Avebury landscape, and indeed must have been quite a place for the ancient society that lived in these areas many thousands of years ago.  

Hackpen Hill, nr Winterbourne Bassett, Wilshire.

Reported 20th July.

Text from Stuart Dike:

Hackpen Hill is situated on the way out of the Avebury area towards Swindon. Itís a lovely spot, with commanding views over the downs, so you can see for miles around on a clear day. The formation dominated the landscape below, in a field which hasnít seen many formations in the past.  

On the ground the formation I felt was quite neat. The surrounding 32 circles were well constructed, with a number of different centers inside of them. The larger circles towards the middle, were very well constructed, with tuft centers in a number of them. The overall quality was very good, and this was evident when the first aerial shots of the formation came through.  

Note the radiating lines that separate the small perimeter circles. These are interrupted by the interior design. The interior design is a series of three increasingly smaller circles with "water drop" loops.

West Stowell, nr Huish, Wiltshire.

Reported 20th July.

Text from Stuart Dike:

Never have I seen so many nest centers within one formation, and still in pristine condition.  These centers were situated around the inner part of the design, with 13 raised bunches of crop, neatly woven (extremely tight) that one couldnít pull them apart. Within these raised nests were what can only be described as an egg of wheat, that was also beautifully placed, and within all of the 13 centers. Also on the outer edge of the pattern, there were several others, this time with multiple bunches. Probably the best features I have seen in a while.  

From the air the overall design has a rather solid feel, with little in the way of subtlety and fluidity to the design. But this design really does come into its own on the ground, which you can say for a number of formations from this year. But it does work the other way around on occasions. It does leave me a little cold viewed from the air, but itís a real gem at close quarters, and in some way I prefer it that way, because thatís the way you experience them for real.  

Note the number 13; not 12 nor 10 nor some other neat geometric number.

West Tisted, nr The Meon Hut, Hampshire. Reported 20th July.

 

This unusual design, in partially damaged wheat, continues to demonstrate the finesse of the Circle Makers. This diagram helps capture our picture of the layout.

 

Scrope Wood, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Reported 22nd July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

 

On a glorious summer morning we resumed our visit at this amazing formation. We just couldnít believe our eyes as we entered the first part of the design. The outer ring itself had a wonderful platted central part, and this carried around the entire perimeter of the design. Something we hadnít seen before on this scale. But this didnít stop there, as the features increased, with a wonderful multiple center inside the main scalloped shape. These included six raised nest centers, similar to the West Stowell formation, in fact made by the same agency most certainly. However these centers were so tightly wound that it would have been very hard to ruin their shape if you sat on them, not that we would of course.   

The overall design was rather unusual, and seemed to be incomplete on first sight. I think this was purely an initial observation, but I still have my doubts that it wasnít entirely finished. The reason for this is because the outline pathways appear to have sections of crop that should be flattened to enhance the overall design. This was more apparent as we walked around the narrow pathways, as they were I felt construction arcís for the intended design.  

The overall construction on the ground was very impressive. Leaving the fascinating details aside, the floor pattern was neatly executed, especially the seven scalloped circles in the middle, beautifully flowing into each other, like running water!  

The design had certain fluidity to it, which certainly stood out from a lot of formations from this year. It also was important in pushing the boundaries out on the details that we normally expect to see within formations. These were certainly out of the ordinary, and may continue on future crop circle events?

Tegdown Hill, Patcham, nr Brighton, East Sussex. Reported 22nd July.

Text from Andy Thomas:

The crop is wheat with overall diameter of 420 feet.

One of Sussex's largest-ever formations arrived at Patcham to the west of the road from Ditchling Beacon to Brighton, from where it is very visible.  Other notable designs have appeared in this field in previous years.

It comprises a six-fold Flower-of-Life-type design, with six orbiting and interlocking rings marked as outlines, rather than fully laid paths.  It is remarkably accurate in its layout.

The lay inside is one of the neatest examples yet seen in the county, with barely a blemish or break on a single stem.  Where paths intersect, there are beautiful flows, demonstrating a very fluid quality.  Working out the order in which different components have gone down is not easy.  All parts are swirled clockwise.  The six inner petals are laid in oval halves, one side flowing up, the other down, with small standing centres at their middles.

Broad Hinton, nr Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire.

Reported 24th July.

This formation was in wheat. The design consists of a series of interlocking circles. The six-star petals are formed where they cross one another. An intricate design.

Woodborough Hill (2), nr Alton
Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 24th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

The first thing that struck us was its shear size. The first initial reports gave us the impression this wasnít a major event, but that was soon squashed, by just walking around its circle and ring, which one would have to say is the head. It was quite amazing and a great surprise to see. The construction was also very nice, quite neat although many people had been inside at this stage. However we arrived early enough to see some nice details, but with a standing tuft in the center, nothing unusual these days, but constructed in the correct manner.  

It wasnít until you walked the serpent that its real length became apparent. Its seemed to go forever, almost like Yellow Brick Road, but instead of finding a wizard at the end, we caught a courting couple, rather embarrassed by our appearance in the tail circle.  However all was well, when we found out they were members of the Web Site, so we chatted for a while, as itís always good to meet people who are part of the site.  

After our initial discussion in the end circle, we noticed further details in the floor construction. A very intriguing flow of crop, was arcing itself under the initial top lay of the crop towards the center, something out of character to the general floor construction of the formation. This goes to show that the Circlemakers can be very unpredictable at times.  

So what exactly is this serpent type formation representing. Well the closest we can propose, is The Great Serpent Mound in Ohio, United States of America. Also known as the Great Spirit. Its general purpose is just as a mystery as the crop circles, but it may have major astronomical significance to the constellation of Draco. It also resembles the Woodborough Hill formation in many ways. Not only its serpentine pathway, but also the head circle with the arrow, something, which is very important in its design. Although its general direction its pointing to is a mystery at Woodborough, but on further study it would appear its pointing to Westbury White Horse in the far distance. This as anyone knows was the first place the crop circles were reported about back in 1980. Are we being shown to consider the heritage of the crop circles?  

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"The most famous of all such (effigy) mounds is the Great Serpent Mound in Adams County, 1,330 feet in length along its coils and averaging three feet in height." E.H. Roseboom & F. P. Weisenburger A History of Ohio  Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile long, Serpent Mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent.

Kit's Coty,  nr Burham, Kent.
 Reported 26th July 2003

Discovered by microlight pilots, this is a large formation approximately 300 feet across in ripened wheat.  It's placed just one field over from where a formation appeared on 2nd July 2001.  It's close to the Pilgrims Way and approximately 600 yards from Medway's Mighty Megalith - Kits Coty House!  It can be viewed from the Bluebell Hill picnic area.

The flattened wheat is done in such a manner that it casts "shadows" that highlight the details of the formation.

 

the seed heads, both in the standing crop and in the downed stalks, were quite bent. The crop was very dry and completely inflexible. The seed heads had thus stiffened into their bent position and were not possible to straighten out. (They broke when I tried.) However, in the swirl at the centre of the formation you can see that the seed heads are straight, lying parallel to the direction of the stalks. It looks as though the swirling force have been strong enough to straighten out the seed heads. I find that very strange, however, in such dry, inflexible plants. Did the force that made the swirl, in some way also have the capacity to soften the stalks? Surely, mechanical flattening could not have produced such an effect.

Burderop Down, nr Barbury Castle, Wiltshire.

Reported 28th July.

The design is a complex pattern of interlocking six-pointed circular arrangements. This is the same as drawing a circle, and then the six circles of equal diameter from the perimeter of the first circle. Note that the inner and outer limits of the circles are managed in such a way as to form the circles, but of opposite orientation, which make them displaced by the circle width.

 

Overall, a school boy's design.