Category Archives: Salisbury Plain Training Area

The Army started land purchase on Salisbury Plain in 1897 and the total area of the current estate is just over 38,000 hectares. The Training Area measures 25 miles by 10 miles (40 km by 16 km) and occupies about one ninth of the county of Wiltshire.

Defence Training Estate Salisbury Plain (DTE SP) provides walkers with the opportunity to see an archaeological landscape, which is of unparalleled importance in Northern Europe. There are some 2,300 archaeological sites including features dating back to 4000 BC, along with more recent Roman settlements. Salisbury Plain has one of the most dense concentrations of ancient long and round barrows anywhere in Britain.

Salisbury Plain is the largest area of chalk grassland in north-west Europe and contains 40% of the remaining area of this habitat in the UK. In recognition of its importance about 20,000 hectares of grassland have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area Conservation (SAC).

Species supported within the grassland include butterflies now uncommon in Britain such as marsh fritillary, adonis blue and brown hairstreak. All have healthy populations in the area. ATE SP is also designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds, such as the stone curlew where 10% of the UK population are found. Roe deer are numerous and are often seen by day.
Access Opportunities

A variety of access is available on DTE SP including the Imber Range Perimeter Path (IRPP), a waymarked route (see link under “Related pages”). The eastern third of DTE SP, the area shown as managed access on the OS Explorer map, is where the majority of access is available. The numerous rights of way remain open during military training, even when tanks are manoeuvring.

Salisbury Plain

The Bulford Ranges are adjacent to the managed access area and are closed to the public during Live Firing. They are used extensively, normally five days per week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at least one weekend per month. Red flags are flown or lamps lit at night around the danger areas, at which time public access is prohibited. When the flags are down or lamps unlit at night you may enter this Danger Area.
Further Information from…

For further information, call 01980 674763. An answer phone recording gives up to date information on areas open for public access.
OS Map References

OS Landranger Sheets 183 and 184 (1:50,000) OS Explorer Sheets 130 and 143 (1:25,000)

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2016

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This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training
Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 3450
followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod.dio

October 2016 Newsletter

October is the start of EX WESSEX STORM, 1-20 Nov, with 4 SCOTS, a mechanized BG.
They will be exercising from Warminster West to Tidworth East conduction challenging
operations. There are also infantry company and armoured squadrons excercising at
varying times during the month: a very busy time on the plain.
Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2016 Newsletter

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link
The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 3200 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2016 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter July 2016

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 2800 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod.dio

July 2016 Newsletter

July will be a very busy month on the Plain starting with the continuation of the Field Training Unit Ex WESSEX STORM training the Scots Dragoon Guards in their light cavalry role using the Army Weapons Effect Simulation system. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter July 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area – June Newsletter 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter June 2016
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link
The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 2800 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod.dio

June 2016 Newsletter
June on the Plain will see a steady level of armoured and light role training throughout the month culminating in Exercise WESSEX STORM. Locally based Tidworth and Bulford Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – June Newsletter 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area – April Newsletter 2016

April 2015 Newsletter
After a busy March activity on the Plain will be significantly reduced in April. During the first week the Royal School of Artillery four main courses will combine on Exercise CROSSED CANNONS with both live and dry artillery training based on the Larkhill Ranges and the East. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – April Newsletter 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter March 2016

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 2000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod dio

March 2015 Newsletter Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area – February Newsletter 2016

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link
The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 2000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod dio
February 2016 Newsletter Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – February Newsletter 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter September 2015
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link
The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 2000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio
September 2015 Newsletter
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General Overview: Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2015 Newsletter