Etchilhampton (2), Wiltshire.
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 26th of July. It is in a field of green wheat and measures approximately 200ft in diameter. We believe the crop is wheat, but it does not look very tall? This gives the design a slightly ill-defined look, as though the crop circle is growing out – but this isn’t the case. See the Google Maps link for precise location. It is the second formation to appear around Etchilhampton Hill during 2020
Crop Circle Reporting and Covid-19: After considerable thought and consultation, we have decided we will not be censoring crop circle locations during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are no current restrictions in place in the UK that call for a blanket ban on visiting the countryside. We consider the reporting of crop circles to be in the spirit of journalism, and censorship to be an anathema to that spirit. Therefore, we will be treating the crop circle community as adults and asking everyone to approach the information carefully and responsibly. This will include not visiting the circles if the farmer has not given explicit permission to do so and should permission be given that they practice social distancing by staying 2 metres away from fellow visitors. It would be our very strong advice that visiting the crop circles on the ground should be kept to an absolute minimum for now. However, because we know that the location of any given circle can be important to researchers and those that record the circles from the air, we will continue to share what we know.
Flying during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Thanks to the hard work of all at Heliair, Thruxton, as of July 20th we have been able to return to the air to record the 2020 circles. We will still be working along-side the excellent AEROBO (Art in Flight) who will be helping us collect images and drone footage of the latest crop circles to share on the website.
Visiting: As far as we are aware no permission has been given to visit this crop circle. Please do not visit this circle. Thank you.
History and Connections: Etchilhampton has been a crop circle location for many, many years, right back to the very early 1990s. There was a huge and beautiful circle nearby here (near Mixon) at the end of the 2018, and another in 2019. In recent years it seems that Etchilhampton Hill has become a regular home to circles appearing very late in the season, but in 2020 we now have had two earlier visitations!
Design & Symbolism: This formation is a nine-fold spinner and seems related to its partner up the hill in regard to the fact both use rotational symmetry in their patterning. See the Geometry Gallery below for more analysis and drawings when they are complete.
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 and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
IMPORTANT THANKS: A big thank you to Dan Vidler for sharing his ground photos in the gallery below. You can see more of Dan’s images and field reports on his website here.
It's on the Drawing Board! Check back later for further drawings and analysis.
Please enjoy the diagram below by Bertold Zugelder.