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 April 2014

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter April 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 450 followers and this number is continuing to grow. If you’d like to follow us go to: ww.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

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

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: www.twitter.com/mod_dio
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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

STOP PRESS

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.

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – September 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter

September 2013 Updated

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path
This Newsletter can be found at the above link.

STOP PRESS
Details for the St Giles day service at Imber Church have just changed and the Newsletter reissued.

Users of Salisbury Plain can now get up-to-date information about the training area thanks to the launch of the MOD’s new ‘hashtag’ #modontheplain. The new hashtag will make it easy to stay abreast of everything that’s happening on the Plain and will be used to communicate information including: firing times (and changes), access news, updates on range fires and other public safety issues. The hashtag has been launched by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which Twitter users can follow under the name @MOD_DIO.
Plain Watch now has an e-mail address PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk

TRAINING
5 – 8 Sep. 7th Armoured Brigade will conclude their Afghanistan operational pre- deployment training Ex PASHTUN DAWN. Large convoys of vehicles will be departing from Salisbury Plain on Friday 6
September and throughout the weekend 7/8 September. Some disruption may be caused to civilian traffic at tank crossings across the Plain and on the A303, A360, A345, A338, A3026 and Chitterne/Tilshead roads.
19 – 30 Sep. 1st Independent Mortar Battery, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps that served in Bosnia in 1996 as part of a British led NATO force will train on SPTA and fire on Larkhill ranges.
23 – 30 Sep. Two Territorial Army units, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in Challenger tanks, and the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in WIMIK Land Rovers will conduct armoured and reconnaissance training across the whole Plain.
25 – 26 Sep. Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Troop Commanders course conduct two day familiarisation on Challenger tanks in the West and Centre of the Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 Sep.
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

NOTE. There will be 2 x live weekends in September: Sat 14 & Sun 15 plus Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sep.
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.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/lowflying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

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.
27 Aug 13 – 5 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
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: 1, 7, 8, 28, 29 Sep.
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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: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29 Sep.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

IMBER
Summer Opening Dates. Dates remain from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day Service. The service will be at 1500 on Saturday 21 Sep (with access from Warminster only). The convoy will leave the Warminster Vedette Post on the Imber Road at 1415.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
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.

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- June 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter June 2013

STOP PRESS

Considerable damage has been done to the byway network by large numbers of four wheel drive (4WD) users during the very wet winter . Landmarc and Wiltshire Council have been conducting repairs in the drier weather especially in Chitterne, Shrewton, Tilshead and Wylye parishes. We are working with Tread Lightly and Wiltshire Council to educate all users on sustainable use of green lanes and will publish a Good Practice Guide (GPG) shortly.
A section of stock fence is soon to be erected between the Impact Area and the perimeter tank track on Ridgeway in Market Lavington and Easterton parishes in the area of Lavington Vedette. This will not affect rights of way and will include a kissing gate for the proposed new Lavington Loop footpath.
There will be an update on Plain Watch in next month’s edition.

 

TRAINING

June will start with fairly low levels of training in the first week.
10 – 24 June sees the major training event involving 3rd Battalion the Scottish Regiment and 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment on Exercise WESSEX THUNDER using the AWES weapons effect simulation system. 3 SCOTS are a light role battalion equipped with light wheeled vehicles and 3 YORKS are an armoured infantry battalion equipped with Warrior and Bulldog supported by a Challenger tank squadron and armoured engineer troop for their role as the Land Warfare Centre Battle Group. WESSEX THUNDER will train in the West and Centre of the Plain. Local units from Tidworth and Bulford conduct fairly extensive training on the East.
24 – 30 June, 12 Mechanised Brigade will rehearse and conduct an armoured battle group obstacle crossing demonstration on Imber Ranges. In the same period squadrons from 1 Royal Tank Regiment (Challenger), the Light Dragoons (CVRT) and 4 Logistic Support Regiment together with a Royal Netherlands Marine Corps mortar battery will carry out low level training in the Centre and East.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 27th June
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): 21st, 22nd June
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.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

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.
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 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: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 29th, 30th June.
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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: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th June.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

 

IMBER

Provisional Summer Opening Dates. Provisional dates are from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day. The St Giles Day service will take place on the weekend 21/22 Sep, details to follow.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
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). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter May 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter May 2013

STOP PRESS

Ridgeway. The refurbishment of Ridgeway from Joan a Gore Cross to Crossing Bravo is complete. In the near future MOD vehicles will be directed to use the new military road from Imber Ranges to Market Lavington Vedettel. This will leave the tarmac road free for civilian traffic.

Major Exercises from 19 – 30 May: There will be heavy use of tank crossings on the Tilshead/Chitterne road, A360, and A345 and training noise during unsociable hours and significant air activity with both helicopters and fast jets flying at low altitude.

TRAINING

1 – 3 May: 19 Regiment Royal Artillery will complete its conversion to AS 90 155mm self-propelled guns on 3 may and depart from the training area.
1 and 2 May: Land Warfare Centre (LWC) Armoured Division will train with Challenger tanks (Exercise FIRST VIEW) on SPTA East.
3 – 16 May sees the new multi-national European Union Battle Group training on the West and around Copehill Down. The battle group consists of elements from 42 Commando Royal Marines with sub-units from Sweden, Netherlands (Marine company), Lithuania (infantry company), and Latvia (motorised infantry company). A major live firing exercise is scheduled for 10 – 12 May.
13 – 17 May: LWC exercise BADGERS STRESS runs with light armoured vehicles across the whole Plain plus Warrior fighting vehicles on exercise RARDENS REVENGE.
17 – 19 May: A quiet weekend.
20- 24 May sees Combined Arms Tactical Division final exercise LIONS STRIKE (the largest armoured exercise conducted on Salisbury Plain) on the West and Centre.
27 – 30 May: Armoured and Armoured Infantry Division exercise TEAM SPIRIT will train across the whole Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 02, 07, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 May
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.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area. These details have changed.

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.
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 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: 04, 05, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 May
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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: 1 – 20, 25, 26 May.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

IMBER

Provisional Summer Opening Dates. Provisional dates are from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day. The St Giles Day service will take place on the weekend 21/22 Sep, details to follow.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
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). 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 DTE SW

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- March 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2013

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnvironmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm
This Newsletter can be found at the above link. The MOD Access site has been moved to a new central site at Gov.UK. Some difficulties have been experienced but it is hoped that these will be resolved in the near future.

Or you can download the file (PDF) here

STOP PRESS
Easter Opening of the Roads through Imber. The road through Imber from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross and the roads from Heytesbury to Imber and from Bratton to Imber will be open from 1800 hrs on Friday 29th March (Good Friday) until 1800 hrs on Wednesday 3rd April.

TRAINING
1 Mechanised Brigade will continue its operational pre- deployment training on Salisbury Plain until Sunday 3 March. Ex PASHTUN DAWN, will take place across the whole Plain and involve some 9000 troops, in excess of 550 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, and both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Large convoys, some in excess of 80 vehicles, will operate on the training area and there may be some disruption to civilian traffic at tank crossings. For the period of the exercise there will be no access to the Larkhill Artillery Ranges and permissive stone tracks in the Tilshead / Chitterne / Shrewton triangle (Copehill Down area) will be closed in the interest of public safety. Members of the public using Salisbury Plain for recreation during this period are required to keep to the public rights of way. Military convoys leaving the Plain at the end of the exercise may cause some disruption from late afternoon on Sunday 3 March until Tuesday 5 March.

During the weeks 4 – 31 March normal levels of training will resume as local armoured units from Tidworth and Bulford, and the Land Warfare Centre, deploy onto the area to conduct manoeuvre training.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th March.

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.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

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.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 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. Public rights of way located 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: 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st March.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st March.

Imber Ranges
The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.
Easter Opening of the Roads through Imber. The road through Imber from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross and the roads from Heytesbury to Imber and from Bratton to Imber will be open from 1800 hrs on Friday 29th March (Good Friday) until 1800 hrs on Wednesday 3rd April

Details for road opening in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services will be published as soon as they are known.
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). 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 DTE SW

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- February 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter- February 2013

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnvironmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm
This Newsletter can be found at the above link. The MOD Access site has been moved to a new central site at Gov.UK. Some difficulties have been experienced but it is hoped that these will be resolved in the near future.

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STOP PRESS
There have been a number of recent attacks by dogs on sheep and other users of the Plain. Dog owners are reminded that dogs must be kept under control at all times when on public rights of way and when using SPTA for recreational purposes. Please report any incidents to the Plain Watch number below so that we can better target offenders.

Military Road Works on the closing sections Eastern Infrastructure Plan are planned to take place as follows:
New road Imber Ranges to Lavington Vedette via A360 (Delta Crossing) – Jan to Easter 2013
Ridgeway (the stone track between Lavington Vedette and Casterley) – Jan & Mar 2013

TRAINING
February will see a high rate of activity on the Plain throughout the month.
1 – 8 February. Preparation for the 1 Mechanised Brigade Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise PASHTUN DAWN will continue during the first week of February with communications and logistic assets working on the training area.
4 – 8 February. Major armoured manoeuvre and artillery live firing exercises across the whole Plain during the first week with the armoured and armoured infantry Ex TEAM SPIRIT on the West and Centre of the Plain between 4 – 7 February. At the same time two of the main Royal School of Artillery courses will be live firing with AS 90 and light guns. Civilian contractors will be erecting compound structures across the Plain at sites which, the public are asked to stay well away from.
9 February – 4 March. The main body of troops and vehicles arrive on 9/10 February and depart on 3/4 March with slow moving convoys heading from and to the Tidworth area. The exercise which starts on 12 February and finishes on 3 March will take place across the entire length of the Plain and involve some 9000 troops and support personnel, over 550 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles, and both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Large convoys (some in excess of 80 vehicles), will operate on the training area and there may be some disruption at tank crossings on the A360, A345, A338 and the A3026. For the period of the exercise there will be no public access to the Larkhill Artillery Ranges, and permissive stone tracks in the Tilshead/Chitterne/Shrewton triangle (Copehill Down area) will be closed in the interest of public safety.
Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th February.
Live firing on Salisbury plain (East): 6th February.
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.
Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

Provisional Dates for Future Major Exercises. During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 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. Public rights of way located 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: 2nd, 3rd 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th February.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th February.

Imber Ranges
The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.
Details for road opening at Easter, in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services will be published as soon as they are known.
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). 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 DTE SW