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 – Janaury 2019

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter: January 2019

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using theTwitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 6000 followers.

If you’d like to follow us goto: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

January 2019 Newsletter

The range is fully operational from 7 Jan 19. The new Training Year will start on a very quiet note for thefirst two weeks. The final 2 weeks will see 3rd (UK) Armd Division conducting a manoeuvre andcommunication exercise across the plain. One armoured Engineer squadron and 2 armoured reccesquadrons with CVRT are also operating across the plain. Live firing is taking place in the centre with LtGun, Mortars and Small arms. There are a number of specialist FIND units out using their optical and radar detection equipment.

The red flags will be down in the WEST and CENTRE until the 7 Jan 19. The public should be aware that tank crossings over the A360, A345, A338, B390, and the C22 (Tilshead to Chitterne) roads will be very busy and if conditions are wet mud clearance parties will be working on the crossings.

Notice is also given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used over this period and that recreational use of the Salisbury Plain military lands is to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.
Please report all concerns to the Complaints Help Desk on 01980 620819 in the first instance.

 There are two recent Defence Infrastructure Organisation blogs that relate to keeping safe whilst legallyusing the Military Lands on Salisbury Plain, please take the time to read them – the links can be found below:

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/19/how-to-risk-your-life-on-the-military-training-estate/

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/24/six-ridiculous-excuses-for-risking-your-life-on-the-training-estate/

Monthly firing calendar for Jan 2019 (subject to change)

  1. Artillery live firing days from areas 6, 7 and 8 (east of Chitterne): Nil
  2. Artillery live firing days on Salisbury plain (east) (north of Bulford & west of Tidworth): Nil
  3. Late firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area (north of Larkhill): 08, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
  4. Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area: 1

01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 19, 20, 26, 27

  1. Non-firing days on Bulford fixed firing ranges: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 19, 20, 26, 27
  2. Late firing days on Imber ranges, areas 1, 2, 3, 4 (east of Warminster) 19, 20

Byelaw Governance Antisocial Behaviour

Parish members are encouraged to report all illegal activity on Salisbury plain to the Wiltshire Police.

If serious crime is experienced 999 should be dialled, and for all other reports including: illegal off-roading,illegal motor biking, drone use, poaching, hare coursing, petty theft, camping on MoD land, kite flyingplease call 101 and list the call as ‘antisocial behaviour’ and a byelaw violation. Once reported please inform range control on the Plainwatch number: 01980 674700 or email PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk.

Access

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber RangeByelaws. 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) 674763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded at all times, except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned opening dates for 2018 are as follows

Event Open Closed

Christmas 1800hrs Thur 27 Dec 18 0800hrs Wed 02 Jan 19

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/435909/Imber_A5_Leaflet- final_Online_version.pdf

Note. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

What Can You Do To Reduce Crime On Salisbury Plain?

There has been an increase of thefts from motor vehicles that have been left unattended on the training area. Owners are reminded not to leave valuables in plain sight. If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

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.

Training Estate Public Safety

Chris Shears
Major (Training Safety Officer) for

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain Training Area

SPTA – December 2018 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter: December 2018

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter December 2018
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 6000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

December 2018 Newsletter

December will be a quiet month. There are infantry trials taking place between 1-14 December on west and centre of SPTA and 2 reconnaissance courses finishing on 19 December. Firing finishes in the centre on 14 December with all training finished from 21 December when the range closes for the Christmas break and reopens on 7 January 2019.

Please report all concerns to the Complaints Help Desk on 01980 620819 in the first instance.

 There are two recent Defence Infrastructure Organisation blogs that relate to keeping safe whilst legallyusing the Military Lands on Salisbury Plain, please take the time to read them – the links can be found below:

https://insidedio.blog.gov.uk/2018/04/19/how-to-risk-your-life-on-the-military-training-estate/

Monthly firing calendar for Dec 2018 (subject to change)

  1. Artillery live firing days from areas 6, 7 and 8 (east of Chitterne): Nil
  2. Artillery live firing days on Salisbury plain (east) (north of Bulford & west of Tidworth): Nil
  3. Late firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area (north of Larkhill): 04, 06, 08, 11, 13
  4. Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown danger area:
    01, 02, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
  5. Non-firing days on Bulford fixed firing ranges:
    01, 02, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31


6. Late firing days on Imber ranges, areas 1, 2, 3, 4 (east of Warminster) 01

Note: Live firing in Areas 1,2,3 & 4 on weekend 01 & 02 December. Byelaw Governance Antisocial Behaviour

Parish members are encouraged to report all illegal activity on Salisbury plain to the Wiltshire Police. Ifserious crime is experienced 999 should be dialled, and for all other reports including: illegal off-roading,illegal motor biking, drone use, poaching, hare coursing, petty theft, camping on MoD land, kite flyingplease call 101 and list the call as ‘antisocial behaviour’ and a byelaw violation. Once reported pleaseinform range control on the Plainwatch number: 01980 674700 or email PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk.

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) 674763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded at all times, except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned opening dates for 2018 are as follows

Event Open Closed

Christmas 1800hrs Thur 27 Dec 18 0800hrs Wed 02 Jan 19

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment data/file/435909/Imber A5 Leaflet- final Online version.pdf

Note. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

What Can You Do To Reduce Crime On Salisbury Plain?

There has been an increase of thefts from motor vehicles that have been left unattended on the training area. Owners are reminded not to leave valuables in plain sight. If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

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. ROAD SAFETY – TANK CROSSINGS During the Autumn and Winter months tank crossings can become muddy from military and agricultural vehicles, and become a significant hazard to drivers. T
  • The MoD do as much as possible to ensure tank crossings are free from mud and debris, but on occasion some affected areas are missed. Headquarters SalisburyPlain Training Area encourage members of the public to report mud on crossings to the enquiries line on 01980674700 or call the Landmarc National Service Centre on 08000223334.
  • PLEASE SLOW DOWN WHEN APPROACHING A TANK CROSSING.

TRAINING AREA GOVERNANCE
SALISBURY PLAIN MILITARY LANDS Byelaws 1981 states;

USE OF LANDS BY PUBLIC

8. Subject to the provisions of these byelaws and when the Military Lands are not being used for themilitary purposes for which they are appropriated, the public may use the Military Lands for
recreational purposes.

This means that members of the public are only permitted to use SalisburyPlain Training Area when the military are not present, and subject to the Byelaws of the area.

Chris Shears
Major (Training Safety Officer) for
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain Training Area


Salisbury Plain Training Area – March 2018 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter March 2018
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 5000 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area – March 2018 Newsletter

SPTA Newsletter – January 2018

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – January 2018
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 4250 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio Continue reading SPTA Newsletter – January 2018

Salisbury Plain Training Area – September 2017 Newsletter

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter
September 2017
www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter
This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 4250 followers. If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

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