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Ground Report - Cley Hill, Wiltshire, 30th May 2020

On a very wet evening, after experiencing the sunniest month on record, we were lucky enough to visit this nice, relatively small formation near to Cley Hill in Wiltshire.

The overall impression, especially considering there had been a number of visitors to the site since the formation's appearance, was that the condition and flow of the laid crop was not great. Generally, laid stems were messy, with, at this point, little discernable 'flow' although some less trodden areas still displayed a finer quality.

Certain, less walked on areas, especially those around the outer edges of the rings and central standing areas, as is common, showed evidence of undamaged stems which, when inspected more closely, were in perfect condition throughout their length.

The direction of laid crop is almost entirely clockwise, however, the largest laid section of the yin-yang symbol flows anti-clockwise. This is hugely significant in terms of the quality of laid crop, as it is this opposing direction that the stems are flowing in that creates a very 'messy' appearance. Where stems laid anti-clockwise are bent at the same time as those flowing clockwise, they 'meet' and cannot reach the ground as they would if 'unopposed'. See images below:


It is my opinion that this messy appearance, caused by stems flowing in opposite directions, is what might give visitors an inaccurate impression of what is, in fact, quite a nice little formation.

Clockwise flow in the narrower pathways is generally in better condition, and the overlap of laid pathways when they meet larger areas of laid crop shows very little damage in places.


The image below shows some bending of nodes within a section of the outer ring. It was unclear whether these were anomalous or a result of phototropism, given the few days since the formation's appearance and the maturity of the young barley.

Displaying a very similar angle of bend to those stems that were laid flat and had begun to recover meant that these stems appeared to be an example of that process. However, in the example below, the stems can be seen to be laying with the bend going sideways, rather than upwards, towards the sun. This could be a place where re-growing stems have been trodden back down by visitors, but he same bend, horizontal rather than vertical, can be seen in the same image, below those in the foreground, perhaps suggesting otherwise.


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Crop Circle Summary


Cley Hill, Wiltshire

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Contrasting yin-yang design within narrow outer ring.

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