Willoughby Hedge, nr Mere, Wiltshire
This circle at Willoughby Hedge was reported on the 4th of May 2017. It is located very close to a circle which a appeared there last year (see here for information about the 2016 circle), next to the services on the A303. The landscape surrounding this formation is littered with ancient tumuli and is not far form White Sheet Castle, a neolithic hill fort where crop circles have also appeared before.
The design is quite unusual in that it is neither a long linear formation or a a traditional circular one, but rather a marriage of the two. Two arcs of circles (of increasing diameter), are connected by arms to a central pivotal circle. It’s meaning, should it have one, remains entirely enigmatic.
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer.
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This circle combines several different design categories. It contains a decreasing (or increasing) series of circles, circles connected to lines (dumbbells) and a reverse Z or S shape. It resembles a formation from 2013 at Stoney Middleton – see below. Researcher and geometer Michael Glickman has also created a silhouette of this design below.
If you’d like to learn more about crop circle geometry we are running a hands-on Crop Circle Geometry Workshop at our annual conference this summer – July 28th-31st July, Devizes, Wiltshire. You can read more about our conference and workshop here.