Salisbury Plain Training Area – Newsletter July 2016
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July 2016 Newsletter

July will be a very busy month on the Plain starting with the continuation of the Field Training Unit Ex WESSEX STORM training the Scots Dragoon Guards in their light cavalry role using the Army Weapons Effect Simulation system.

During the remainder of the month fourteen armoured, armoured infantry and mechanised infantry sub-units will conduct low and intermediate level armoured manoeuvre training in a series of two week exercises.

In addition the Plain will see the largest armoured exercise in the calendar Ex LIONS STRIKE involving the Combined Arms Tactics Course using the Imber Ranges and Copehill Down village from 25 – 28 July.

At the same time four of the Royal School of Artillery courses will combine for their largest training exercise of the year Ex CROSSED CANNONS during which AS90 armoured self propelled 155mm guns, multi launch rocket systems and 105mm light guns will live fire on the Larkhill Ranges

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. In dry weather conditions dust clouds may produce a hazard at these crossings.

Notice is given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used by tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles 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.

Use of Civilian Drones, UAVs and Model Aircrafts on SPTA.

SPTA airspace is heavily used by military aircraft and UAVs and no unauthorised use of its airspace is to take place under any circumstances. Over the last three months we have encountered unauthorised flying by a paramotorist in the area between Shrewton and Tilshead, an individual flying a hang-glider over the impact area in the centre of Salisbury Plain and an individual flying his/her UAV in the area between Tilshead and Warminster; all three actions break the Salisbury Plain Military Byelaws 1981 and could have resulted in loss of life.
Every effort is being made to ensure that these occurrences are not repeated in the future.

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

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .


Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 & 8: 19th, 20th & 21st July 2016
Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 05th, 07th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 19th, 21st, 26th & 28th July 2016
Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 02nd, 03rd, 09th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st July 2016
Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 02nd, 03rd, 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 30th & 31st July 2016
24 Jun – 10 Jul – Ex Wessex Storm (Range 2 Flags flying)
Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.



The MoD takes all complaints very seriously and do much to mitigate where possible. Most complaints from members of the public from around Salisbury Plain Training Area are concerning impulse noise generated from the detonation of the 155mm High Explosive shell, and gun noise from the AS90 artillery weapon system.

Noise Limits.

All ranges have been directed to ensure that no impulse noise greater than 130dB is heard outside the range boundary in populated areas or on main routes.

Noise Prediction.

Gunfire noise is predicted using the Gunfire Noise Analysis Tool (GNAT) and traces from the Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool (MONET) at Larkhill Met Office.

Noise Measurement.

Range Operations monitors noise from both the guns and the impact area using fixed microphones linked to the Gunfire Noise Assessment Tool (GNAT) computer in Westdown Camp and staff may deploy with hand-held noise monitors.

Countering Excessive Noise.

In the event that the 130dB limit could be exceeded, Range Operations have a number of control measures that can be activated to ensure the requirement is adhered to; including stopping firing.

Upcoming Major Exercises.

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


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 2016 are as follows:
Event Open Closed
Summer 1800hrs Fri 12 Aug 16 0800hrs Mon 5 Sep 16
Remembrance Sunday 1800hrs Fri 11 Nov 16 0800hrs Mon 14 Nov 16
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.


If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or 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.

Tony Broadbent
Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain