Ground Report: Etchilhampton Hill, Wiltshire
17th July 2020
The striking design at Etchilhampton Hill, is well defined by, in most parts of the formation, well flattened laid crop which shows some variation in both direction and condition. There is contrast between the anti-clockwise outer ring and the clockwie inner, laid circle which contains the standing elements. The standing 'petals' are defined by sections of laid stems that start by flowing anti-clockwise but then take on the clockwise flow of the interior.
In many parts of the formation, where laid stems run alongside standing crop, lots of the stems do not appear to have been laid flat to the ground and have fallen gently, resting against the standing stems. This feature is common to many crop circles, including those from this season.
In these areas, the laid stems seem in very good condition, with little damage along their length. This, however, is not the case throughout the formation, with stems in many places displaying significant damage, especially having been bent in the same place across small sections. Evidence in the fine white lines across stems can be found across large parts of the formation, but there are also whole areas where stems are in perfect condition.
There are some curious sections where stems flow against the main direction; one in the outer ring, where some bunches of stems have fallen across the main anti-clockwise flow of crop (see below).
Less obvious is a fine line of laid stems which flow against the rest in at least one of the narrow pathways defining the stansing elements of the design. This is difficult to see but is shown to the left side of the image below.
Finally, one of the most notable features of this formation at ground level is the large clumps of solid earth, underneath the laid crop, throughout the design. These are not that unusual in themselves and are simply where the soil hasn't been fully broken up during preparation for sowing. However, the way that laid stems nearly always flow straight over these clumps, and are laid in a way that almost appears to be wrapping them, is striking and for me, quite unusual!
THANK YOU once again to the farmers here at Etchilhampton, who are always friendly and accepting of the phenomenon, making each visit to this frequently chosen and incredibly picturesque location an absolute joy!
Crop Circle Summary