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Ground Report – Milk Hill (3), Nr. Stanton St. Bernard, Wiltshire, 17/07/05

This interesting crop circle appeared on the top of Milk Hill, in a field of ripening wheat. The formation resembles ‘snowflake’ designs of previous years, although I am reminded more of the points on a compass. The fact that the formation is aligned directly to the compass points emphasises this connection.

The design is made up of eight ‘arms’ which emanate from a central laid circle. Seven of these are laid pathways with circles at the end, and one of them is formed of five hexagons, increasing in size as they progress outwards. In between some of the laid pathways, and between the edges of the hexagons, are a series of laid circles with varying diameters.

The central circle measures a little over 26ft. The circles at the ends of the laid pathways are 28ft in diameter, and the pathways themselves are 171ft long.

Some of these paths appear to be not entirely straight, showing slight bends or kinks. The formation lies on uneven ground, and therefore these bends might not be evident from an aerial viewpoint. The crop in the long pathways flows out towards the 28ft circles, and is laid flat to the ground.

The quality of the laid crop in this formation, even on the same day as its appearance, was varied. The hexagons and the central circle in particular showed signs of trampling and crushing on the stems. The formation had clearly been well visited during the day, and it is these parts of the design where visitors had been drawn to.

In some places there was evidence of the crop having ‘kinked’, in the form of white lines across the still green stems. Of course this is not conclusive evidence of anything, particularly after people had been in the crop circle all day.

In the outer circles and those at the ends of the long pathways, the quality of the crop was notably better. In many of the circles there were many nice central swirls and tufts, and often the lay appeared more delicate. The direction of the flow throughout the formation is clockwise.

In some parts of the hexagons, the crop appears to flow alongside the tramlines, rather than flowing into or across them. This could just be down to the direction in which the crop is laid, and the fact that the edge of the hexagons is exactly parallel to the tramlines, whatever the reason it is a feature worth noting.

I know that a few people thought this crop circle looked ‘unfinished’ and might have been expecting, or might still be expecting more to materialise over the next few days. I am interested in how a certain design can cause people to feel like there should be more to it. I do not get that impression myself, but we will have to wait and see...

Crop Circle Summary


Milk Hill (3) - Stanton , Wiltshire

Crop Type


Eight fold ‘snowflake’ design comprising seven laid circles linked by narrow paths and a selection hexagons arranged in order of increasing size.

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