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 – November 2014

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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

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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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Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – September 2014

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27 September 2014
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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

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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

 

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter April 2014

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter April 2014

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Beware of out of date maps! Ordnance survey maps are updated periodically to incorporate changes and can soon be out of date. A large number of rights of way on Larkhill Ranges have been re-aligned and a further 3 in West Lavington, Figheldean and South Tidworth have been diverted. Following the legally required consultation, orders have been made and on or about the 20th of March the Definitive Map on the Wiltshire Council website will be amended. A plan of the new rights of way alignments on Larkhill Ranges can be found at the link above.

 

Flooding. DIO staff have been working with Wiltshire Council and contractors to help reduce the effects of recent and future flooding around the Plain and continue to respond positively to all requests from the Council. It is a relief for us all to see water levels falling.

 

Retirement of Lt Col (Retd) Nigel Linge. I retire in early April and my post will be gapped for a while. Thank you for a very enjoyable four years in post. If you have any access queries or other issues where you normally dealt with me, please use the Complaints Line to leave a message ((01980) 620819) and the appropriate person will call you back.

 

TRAINING

Activity on the Plain will be significantly reduced in April.

1 – 11 April. 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will train with a company of Warrior armoured vehicles on SPTA East, 26 Engineer Regiment will conduct an armoured engineer squadron battle run from east to west, and the 3rd (UK) Division Signal Regiment will mount a divisional signals exercise using sites across the whole Plain.

 

7 – 10 April. The Royal School of Artillery final live fire exercise CROSSED CANNONS involving four courses using 105mm light guns, 155mm AS90 (Artillery System of the 90s) self- propelled guns and Multi Launch Rocket Systems will exercise mainly in Larkhill Range.

 

The rest of April will see low level training and preparation for the Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise for 20 Armoured Brigade (based in Germany). This Mission Specific Training will run from 3 to 11 May 2014 and involve 1800 troops and 200 vehicles.

 

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: 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 29 April

Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:

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

Upcoming Major Exercises.

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

28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN

11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX STORM

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.

Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 April

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Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 April

Summer Firing Times: From 1 March, firing times from are:

Mon, Wed & Fri: 0830 – 1700, Tues, Thurs & Sat: 0830 – 2230 Sun: 0830 – 1300.

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

Events

Easter 1600 Thurs 17 April to 0800 Tues 22 Apr

Summer 1600 Thurs 21 Aug to 0800 Tues 2 Sep.

Remembrance Service Sat 8 Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000.

Christmas & New Year 1600 Thurs 18 Dec to 0800 Mon 5 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.

 

N D LINGE MBE

Lt Col (Retd)

for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter February 2014

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter February 2014

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The permissive byway from Joan a Gore Cross to New Zealand Farm Camp will be closed to vehicles while works are carried out on crossing Delta West (by the burnt out barn). Work is likely from 13 Feb to about 5 Mar. Walkers and riders will be able to walk around the works.

The permissive byway north of Enford between Crossing Alpha (A345) and Alpha 1 (C32) will be closed for resurfacing from 10 Feb to about 3 Mar.

TRAINING

February will be busy on the Plain:
1 – 16 Feb. 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment in Copehill Down Village for urban operations training and 4th Battalion the Rifles on low level training on SPTA East.
3 – 7 Feb. Major armoured manoeuvre and artillery live firing exercises across the whole Plain will involve the Land Warfare Centre Armoured Infantry course on Exercise RARDENS REVENGE and three Royal School of Artillery courses firing 155mm AS90 and 105mm Light Gun on Larkhill Ranges.
10 – 14 Feb. Land Warfare Centre armoured and armoured infantry course final exercise TEAM SPIRIT and Brigade Reconnaissance exercise BADGERS STRESS will use the West and Centre of the Plain.
24 – 28 Feb. 2nd Battalion the Welsh Regiment will exercise two armoured infantry companies in Warrior combat vehicles on SPTA Centre and East with a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks from 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. At the same time 30 Commando IX Group, with BV 206 over snow vehicles, will train on SPTA West.

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: 4, 6, 11, 13, 19, 20, 22, 25, 27 Feb
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

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

Upcoming Major Exercises. During the following exercises access may be restricted on

Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX STORM

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.
Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 Feb
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Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23 Feb
Winter Firing Times: Winter firing times from 01 Nov 13 are:
Mon, Wed & Fri: 0830 – 1700, Tues, Thurs & Sat: 0830 – 2100 Sun: 0830 – 1300.
Note:
Wed 19 Feb late night firing has been moved from Tue 18 Feb to support Mortar Division Ex Final Storm.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.
Planned dates for 2014 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Easter 1600 Thurs 17 April to 0800 Tues 22 Apr
Summer 1600 Thurs 21 Aug to 0800 Tues 2 Sep.
Remembrance Service Sat 8 Nov Convoy from Warminster gate at 1000.
Christmas & New Year 1600 Fri 19 Dec to 0800 Mon 5 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.
N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter December 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – December 2013

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TRAINING
December will see a significant reduction in training on the Plain.

1 – 6 Dec. The Defence Logistic School will run their final exercise TIMBER TRUSS during which large convoys of heavy vehicles will transit most major routes across Salisbury Plain increasing military traffic at tank crossings on the A360, A345 and A338.
2 – 5 Dec. The Royal School of Artillery’s three main courses will complete their final tactical dry training and live firing on Exercise CROSSED CANNONS from which will include 105 Light Gun and 155mm AS90 firing. Noise levels will be kept to the minimum level.
16 – 19 Dec. Land Warfare Centre Armoured Infantry course will runs exercise BLACK ADDER with a company of Warrior armoured fighting vehicles using Imber and Larkhill range areas.
20 Dec to 6 Jan training levels will drop to a very low level allowing the Imber Range roads to be opened.

With winter approaching drivers are advised to take extra care when approaching tank crossings as there will be mud clearance parties and mechanical sweepers operating.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 17 Dec
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): 3 Dec
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.
Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.
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 .

Upcoming Major Exercises. During the following exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX STORM

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.
Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 14, 15, 19 Dec to 5 Jan 14.
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Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.

Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 7, 8, 14 Dec to 5 Jan 14.
Winter Firing Times: Winter firing times from 01 Nov 13 are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 0830 – 1700.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 0830 – 2100. Sunday: 0830 – 1300.
Note:

Bulford & Warminster Small Arms ranges closed – 14 Dec 13 – 5 Jan 14 inclusive

Larkhill/Westdown (Centre) closed 19 Dec 13 – 5 Jan 14 inclusive

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

Imber Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6 Jan 14.
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.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.
4. Tickets for the Carol Concert at 2.30 pm on Saturday 21st December are now on sale. See: www.imberchurch.org.uk for details.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?
If a crime is taking place 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.

 

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter November 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area

Newsletter

November 2013

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Tidworth and Bulford Garrison Bonfire at Old Carter Barracks on 7 November (Gates open at 1700, Guy Fawkes Competition at 1715 and Bonfire lit at 1830) – for more details call 01980 65 1673.
Tidworth 3k & 10k Fun Runs on Sunday 4 November @ 1000 (see www.tidworth10k.co.uk).

TRAINING

Training in November will reduce slightly following a busy October.
4 – 8 November. Support Weapons School Ex FIRST STRIKE will use the whole Plain.
11 – 25 November. Exercise WESSEX STORM for 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards battle group involving 800 troops and 140 vehicles. They will train in the light role using the Army Weapons Effect System and will have an infantry company from the Omani Army conducting joint training. The battle group will use wheeled armoured vehicles and a company of Warrior armoured infantry vehicles. Disruption during this period should be minimal however there will be some air activity both by day and night involving attack and support helicopters.
21 – 29 November the three main courses at the Royal School of Artillery will conduct live firing with 155mm AS90, 105mm Light Guns and Multi Launch Rocket System which culminates in Ex CROSSED CANNONS in early December.

With winter approaching drivers are advised to take extra care when approaching tank crossings as there will be mud clearance parties and mechanical sweepers operating.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 5, 7, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 26, 28 Nov.
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil
Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert &
Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.
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 .

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

11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

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.
Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 2, 3, 9, 10, 23, 24, 30 November.
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Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 November.
Winter Firing Times: Winter firing times from 01 Nov 13 are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 0830 – 1700.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 0830 – 2100.
Sunday: 0830 – 1300.

IMBER

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov starting at 1100 (with access to and from Warminster only). The convoy will move from the Warminster Imber Road barrier (VP2) at 1015. Access is only permitted for the church service.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6 Jan 14.
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.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place 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.

N D LINGE MBE
Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DIO Ops Training South West

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area

Newsletter

October 2013

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
This Newsletter can be found at the above link or follow Salisbury Plain or on Twitter @MOD_DIO

 

STOP PRESS

1. Exercise PASHTUN DAWN (27th August to 5th September) prepared the next brigade to deploy into Afghanistan and was one of the largest in recent years, with the whole Plain in use. On occasions aircraft were required to stay in an “over watch position” (where they protect the troops on the ground) and could not be “moved on” without compromising the exercise. It is unlikely that an exercise of this magnitude will take place again until 2014. However, contact details for the MOD
Low Flying Advisory Service can be found overleaf.
2. As a quid pro quo for closing some dead end paths which run south from Ridgeway, MOD plans to move the sign line along the Ridgeway track to the south to form a Ridgeway Corridor which will allow the public to use the old tank track as a Permissive Bridleway for horse riders, cyclists and walkers. Although the tank track has now been refurbished we await the outcome of a public inquiry in November before the signs can be moved. Unfortunately the tank track remains out of bounds to the public until after the public inquiry.

TRAINING

October will see a significant increase in training across the Plain:
1 – 11 Oct. The main event for October is the Staff College Visit with an armoured battle group manoeuvre demonstration in the West and a static display of command and logistic units on and around Old Carter Barracks in the East. Rehearsals are in the first week.
1 – 4 Oct. The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry and the Royal Wessex Yeomanry will complete their annual camps on Salisbury Plain at the end of the first week.
3 – 25 Oct – The Queens Royal Lancers will deploy with 85 CVR (T) (light tracked vehicles) to conduct three weeks of reconnaissance training across the whole Plain.
21 – 24 Oct. Land Warfare Centre exercises TEAM SPIRIT and BADGERS STRESS will train with significant armoured vehicle movement across all areas.
21 Oct – 3 Nov. 10th Queens Own Ghurkha Logistic Regiment, with some 80 heavy logistic vehicles, will conduct combat logistic patrols across the Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 29, 31 Oct
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

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

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox
Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period. 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 .
Provisional Dates for Major Exercises. During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

 

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.

Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 26 & 27 Oct.

Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 Oct.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

IMBER

Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov starting at 1100 (with access to and from Warminster only). The convoy will move from the Warminster Imber Road barrier (VP2) at 1015. Access is only permitted for the church service.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.
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.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place 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.