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 – 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

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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 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
TRAINING
General Overview: Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area – August 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – August 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 1000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

TRAINING
General Overview:
Levels of training on the Plain throughout the month will be very low with activity consisting mainly of army cadet force training. Cadets from Staffordshire and South East London ACF will be conducting their annual camps on the Plain during the month. During the last week of August subunits from the Queens Royal Lancers, 22 Engineer Regiment, The Royal Welsh Regiment and 4th Battalion REME will conduct armoured manoeuvre training across all areas. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – August 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area May 2015 Newsletter

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
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 1000 followers. If
you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

May 2015 Newsletter

TRAINING
General Overview:
Levels of training on the Plain during the whole of May will be very high as armoured and mechanised sub-units from 1st and 3rd (UK) Divisions prepare for summer exercises in
Canada and other overseas venues. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area May 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter April 2015

Salisbury Plain Training Area  Newsletter April 2015
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
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 1000 followers. If
you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

TRAINING
General Overview:
Activity on the Plain will be significantly reduced in the first half of April. Following the Easter Weekend the Royal School of Artillery 4 main courses will combine on Exercise CROSSED CANNONS with both live and dry training based throughout the plain. Concurrently the land Warfare Centre will conduct the Warrior Junior Comds course on the Imber Ranges and Challenger squadrons from the Kings Royal Hussars and Royal Tank Regiment will train across all of the training area.
Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter April 2015

Salisbury Plain Training Area – March Newsletter 2015

Salisbury Plain Training Area  Newsletter March 2015
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range- perimeter-path
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 1000 followers. If
you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

TRAINING
General Overview:
The first 2 weeks of March have the Field Training Unit training the Light Dragoon Battle Group using the Army Weapons Effect Simulation system on Exercise WESSEX STORM,
using extensive areas across the Plain. Concurrently HQ 3rd (UK) Division will mount a deployment exercise for elements of the Lead Armoured Task Force. This training will
involve a simulated road move utilising Salisbury Plain transit routes in the East and Centre. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – March Newsletter 2015

Salisbury Plain Training Area – January 2015 Newsletter

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 1000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio
TRAINING
January 2015 Newsletter
The new Training Year will start on a very quiet note for the first 3 weeks with an Armoured Infantry Company from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment training in Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the 1st week and an Armoured Engineer Squadron from 26 Engineer  Regiment conducting build up training for Canada during the middle two weeks.

Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – January 2015 Newsletter