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 – August 2015 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – August 2015
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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 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

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – November 2014

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
November will see a lot of activity across the whole of Salisbury Plain. Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – November 2014

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2014

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

October starts with the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Troop Commanders Course Exercise FIRST VIEW training with Challenger 2 Tanks across the West and into the Centre on the 1st & 2nd October. At the same time 26 Engineer Regiment will start a 2 week Armoured Engineer battle run, and Armoured Infantry Companies from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment will conduct armoured manoeuvre training in Warriors.
11th – 17th October 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and 101 Logistics Brigade will rehearse for and conduct the Land Command Power Demonstration exercise for the Joint Staff College Shrivenham. This will involve an Armoured Battle Group manoeuvring in the West and logistic stands around Old Carter Barracks near Bulford. At the same time the Armoured Infantry Course from Warminster will conduct Exercise RARDENS REVENGE in Warrior Armoured Vehicles across the Plain.
Throughout the latter half of the month an Armoured Cavalry Squadron from the Royal Dragoon Guards will be practicing their reconnaissance drills across the whole Plain in CVRT vehicles.
101 Logistics Brigade are due to conduct Exercise GRIFFIN VIPER for 3 weeks from 6th – 25th October which will involve three logistic regiments with some 180 heavy wheeled transport and load carrying vehicles running convoys across the whole Plain and making extensive use of the track system and tank crossings over main roads.
A very busy final week in which the 2nd largest Armoured Exercise TEAM SPIRIT from the Land Warfare Centre incorporating the Brigade Reconnaissance course final exercise; BADGERS STRESS will take place. They will be joined by a Squadron of CVRT from the Royal Tank Regiment, an Armoured Engineer Squadron from 22 Engineer Regiment, a Multi Launch Rocket System Battery from 39 Regiment Royal Artillery and a Company of Omani troops preparing for Exercise WESSEX STORM in November. Heavy use of Armoured vehicles during the month day and night will mean that the public are advised to restrict their recreational activities to the public rights of way and privileged tracks. If moving off them on foot then additional care should be taken to avoid disrupting military training and placing themselves at risk. Motorists are advised that the tank crossings on all major public roads transiting the Plain will be in regular use and that mud sweepers will be operating on the roads if the weather turns foul.
Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 25th, 26th.
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th.
Mon, Wed & Fridays – Bulford Ranges are live until 1800hrs for operational training.
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to (01980) 620819.

Upcoming Major Exercises.

During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

ACCESS
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Remembrance Service Sat 08th Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000hrs.
Christmas & New Year 1600hrs Thurs 18th Dec to 0800hrs Mon 05th Jan 15.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?
If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:

  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

S J MADEN
WO2 (CSM)
for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

 

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This Newsletter can be found at the above link

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – September 2014

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This Newsletter can be found at the above link
STOP PRESS
FREE ENTRY
Military Musical Pageant
27 September 2014
Tattoo Ground,
Tidworth

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
After a quiet August training will resume at low levels throughout September.
The Royal Tank Regiment will be training with a Squadron of Challenger 2 Tanks on
Salisbury Plain East for the first two weeks.
A Company from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment will use the West for low level training in Warrior Combat Vehicles in the 1st week followed by a Warrior Company from 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in the East 15th – 19th.
Armoured sub-units from 26 Engineer Regiment and 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh in
Warrior vehicles will train across the Centre and East of the Plain.
Autumn training levels will increase substantially in October and November returning to
levels last seen prior to the start of Operations in Afghanistan.

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service
(0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th.
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 6th, 7th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th.
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 27th, 28th.
Mon, Wed & Fridays – Bulford Ranges are live until 1800hrs for operational training.
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to (01980) 620819.
Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges
and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

ACCESS
Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Summer 1600hrs Thurs 21st Aug to 0800hrs Tues 02nd Sep.
Remembrance Service Sat 08th Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000hrs.
Christmas & New Year 1600hrs Thurs 18th Dec to 0800hrs Mon 05th Jan.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?
If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:

  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

S J MADEN
WO2 (CSM)
for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter July 2014

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter July 2014

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path

This Newsletter can be found at the above link

 

 

STOP PRESS

The Salisbury Plain Twitter handle #modontheplain now has over 400 followers and this number is continuing to grow. If you’d like to follow us go to: http://www.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

TRAINING

July will be a very busy month on the Plain with 4 major Armoured Exercises starting with the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Exercise FIRST VIEW on the 2nd & 3rd of July with Challenger tanks training on the Imber and Larkhill ranges.

 

This is followed by a Squadron from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment with Challenger 2 tanks, 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment Armoured Infantry Company in Warrior AFV’s, and an armoured engineer squadron from 26 Engineer Regiment conducting low level training across all areas.

 

The next major exercise will be the Land Warfare Centre Ex LIONS STRIKE from the 14th to 17th July using the Imber and Larkhill dry training areas for the largest armoured exercise in the programme. The third major exercise will be Ex CROSSED CANNONS 21st to 25th July when 3 of the Royal School of Artillery courses combine for their largest training exercise of the year during which AS90 and Light Gun live firing takes place.

 

Finally the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division will deploy their Challenger 2 tanks across the whole Plain for Ex SABRES THRUST 28th to 31st July and will be joined by the Brigade Recce CVRTs for their final exercise BADGERS STRESS.

 

East Midlands University Officers Training Corps will be based in Westdown Camp for the first half of the month on their annual camp.

 

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

 

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 02nd, 03rd, 08th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st.

Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 05th, 06th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th.

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 05th, 06th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th.

Mon, Wed & Fridays – Bulford Ranges are live until 1800hrs for operational training.

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

 

Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

 

Alpha & Alpha 1 crossing. During July the track between these points will be closed for maintenance to the recently laid surface. Dates to be confirmed.

 

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

 

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2014 are as follows:

 

Event Open Closed

Summer 1600 Thurs 21 Aug to 0800 Tues 02 Sep.

Remembrance Service Sat 08 Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000.

Christmas & New Year 1600 Thurs 18 Dec to 0800 Mon 05 Jan.

1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?

If a crime is taking place e.g: hare coursing call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

S J MADEN

WO2 (CSM)

for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain