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)

SPTA Newsletter January 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area
Newsletter
January 2013
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnviro
nmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/SalisburyPlainimberRangePerimeterPath.htm

STOP PRESS

Military Road Works – Eastern Infrastructure Plan (EIP)
Work on the closing sections of this project are planned to take place as follows:
New Road – Golf Golf Crossing to Perham Down ranges – Nov 2012 to Jul 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Golf) over Somme Road Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Papa) over Kimpton Road, Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
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

Activity on the Plain will be very light until the second week in January.
8 – 10 January – The Land Warfare (LWC) Centre Troop Commanders’ course will have their first run
out on the West and Centre of the Plain in Challenger 2 tanks together with the Brigade
Reconnaissance course on Exercise Badgers Hole.
21 – 31 January – Warminster based 3 YORKS will start training to become the LWC Battle Group
with Warrior and Support Weapons Company deployed.
28 – 31 Jan – LWC Armoured Infantry Course will deploy on Exercise Rarden’s Revenge together
with Brigade Reconnaissance on their exercise Badgers Stress.
Preparation for Ex PASHTUN DAWN (1 Mechanised Brigade Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise)
will start on 21 January with the inload of communications and logistic assets plus the construction of
infrastructure to support the troops in the field. The exercise will take place across the length of the
Plain between 9 February and 3 March and will involve some 4000 troops, 250 tracked and wheeled
armoured vehicles, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st, January.
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: 1st to 7th, 12th, 13th, 26th, 27th January.
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 to 7th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th January.

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

Salisbury Plain Training Area – July 2011

SALISBURY PLAIN TRAINING AREA (SPTA) – NEWSLETTER – JULY 2011

STOP PRESS

Fly tipping on Salisbury Plain cost a Westbury builder nearly £2,500!

See Western Daily press and the Warminster Journal for details.

TRAINING ON SPTA IN JULY

1 – 17 July sees exercises by the 1 LANCS battle group, a squadron of armoured engineers and a 3 YORKS armoured infantry company equipped with Warrior.  Royal Netherlands Marine Corps Mortar and Anti Tank Companies mounted in BV 206 light tracked vehicles will conduct live firing in the first week of July with 120mm mortars and Gill Strike anti tank missiles.

 

18 – 22 July sees three Land Warfare Centre armoured exercises SABRES THRUST, BADGERS STRESS and FINAL STRIKE moving across the Plain over four days.  At the same time the largest Royal School of Artillery exercise of the year CROSSED CANNONS will deploy into the Centre and East as the culmination of four courses live firing with 105mm L118 Light Guns and 155mm AS90.

 

23 July to 24 August.  Germany based 20 Armoured Brigade conduct their pre-Afghanistan exercise (PASHTUN DAWN) with 6100 troops and 300+ armoured vehicles plus jets, transport aircraft and helicopters. Convoys in excess of 80 vehicles may cause delays on tank crossings.

 

In the interests of public safety permissory use of the Military Lands for recreational purposes is suspended from 24 July to 22 August 2011.  The public are requested to avoid areas where troops are training and to keep to rights of way on the Plain.   There will be no access to Larkhill Artillery Ranges and permissive stone tracks in the Copehill Down area (Tilshead, Chitterne & Shrewton triangle) will be closed to the public.

Firing Noise. Firing is closely managed to ensure that legal noise limits are not exceeded and disturbance is minimised.  Although some may find the noise intrusive, it is well below legal limits.

 

Late Firing on Larkhill & Westdown Ranges: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, 30th.

AS90 Firing from Salisbury Plain East: 19th July.

AS90 Firing from Salisbury Plain West &

Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle 21st July.

 

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 throughout.

 

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

 

ACCESS

Access to Salisbury Plain is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands and Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws.  This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and urgent training bids may come in subsequently.  Always comply with local signs and flags.

 

Access timings can be found on the SPTA Walks Line:  (01980) 67 4763.

 

Bulford Ranges. Public rights of way through Bulford Ranges are closed when red flags are flying.  No firing is planned for: 9th to 31st July Inclusive.

 

Larkhill Ranges. Public rights of way through Larkhill Ranges are closed when red flags are flying.  No firing is planned for: 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd July.

 

Note. In the event of range fires access may be denied to some areas due to the risk of unexploded ordnance “cooking off”.

Imber. Difficult terrain and unexploded military debris makes it hazardous to leave the tarmac roads.  The public are excluded from Imber Ranges except when the roads are opened to reduce journey times across Imber Ranges.  It is planned to open roads through Imber as follows:

 

1. 27, 28 & 29 August. Bank Holiday Weekend.

2. September 3 – 4. Access to St Giles’ Church to celebrate St Giles’ Day.

3. 12 – 13 November.                        Remembrance Day.

4. 17 December – 2 January 2012. Christmas and New Year break.

 

Notes.

  1. Even when the roads are open the village remains out of bounds to the public.
  2. These dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

 

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

 

24 Jul              –          22 Aug            Ex PASHTUN DAWN

26 Sep            –          30 Sep                        Ex LIONSTRIKE

13 Nov            –          27 Nov            Ex WESSEX THUNDER

Offences Causing Most Trouble to Users of SPTA. Currently the greatest problems are:

a.                  Illegal “Off Roading” by 4WD and motor cycles i.e. not on metalled roads or byways, or without Road Tax, MOT or Insurance.  Three motor cycles were seized in April!

b.                  Criminal damage.

c.                  Fly tipping.

d.                  Theft of and from vehicles and theft of metal.

e.                  Poaching (including hare coursing).

 

What You Can Do to Reduce Crime. Please report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles. If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.

 

Dog Fouling. For those who object to removing faeces, please “Google” Toxicara Canis.

We have no funds for “dog bins”.  In large quantities faeces are hazardous waste but small amounts can be placed in any rubbish bin if “bagged”.  All we ask is that:

 

a.                  Dog walkers stay away from military training.

b.                  Owners pick up faeces, bag them, take them home and put them in their own bin.

 

Salisbury Plain Maps. The latest maps of Salisbury Plain are Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer Series: Salisbury & Stonehenge (Sheet 130) 2009: Warminster & Trowbridge (Sheet 143) 2010.

 

 

 

N D LINGE MBE

Lt Col (Retd)

for Commander

Salibury Plain Training Area Newsletter- December 2008

SALISBURY PLAIN TRAINING AREA (SPTA) NEWS SHEET FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2008
This forecast shows our planned training. Unfortunately operational requirements mean that dates and times can change. The warning flags and signs show the actual range danger areas on a given day. Late night firing times Tues, Thurs and Sat March to October 2330hrs and November to February 2100hrs inclusive.

 

SPTA Newsletter December 2008.pdf