Owslebury, nr. Winchester, Hants.
(nr. Belmore Lane)
Detail: This circle was reported to us on the 11th of June 2019, although it is highly unlikely this is the actual date it appeared. The formation was already showing some signs of wear and recovery when we flew over it.
Once again, this area of Hampshire has been (historically) a regular site for crop circles in the early years (1970s/1980s). The crop type is young, green barley. This circle is fairly large and measures around 250ft in diameter.
Visiting: At the time of writing we have no information about access to this circle. You will need the express permission of the farmer/landowner before visiting. Do not assume permission has been given – ask first!
Location: This circle is visible from the nearby road and is close to several houses. Owslebury has had circles before, notably back in the 1990s.
Flight: The flight was very difficult. The weather was atrocious over nearby Winchester and we flew through heavy rain and and low cloud to reach the circle. We would never normally fly in such conditions, but with there being no let up in the forecast for another week at least, we decided we would try to get some shots before the circle grew out completely. It has to be said that the weather on the south coast when we left home was lovely, sun-shining and warm, but as soon as we travelled a few miles inland there was a line of cloud after which it was blanket cloud and rain. The flight was further complicated because the circle lies in Southampton Airport airspace for which you need permission to enter.
Design & Symbolism: This formation was a very nice eight-fold design. A series of semi-circles in the centre make a flower-like pattern. Eight is the number of periodical renewal, as in the musical scale, where when we sound the octave (oct-8) we find ourselves back at the beginning of the scale, but on a different level – reaching beyond our current level. It is also a cyclical number that has connections to cycles of time and the movement of the planets – this may have to do with its membership of the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. Eight, along with its predecessor five and its successor thirteen are the three most common Fibonacci numbers found in the natural world. Eight is a number we do see in crop circle design, but is not as common as say, six, twelve or even five.
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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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