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Military back on Salisbury Plain after flood relief

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry on weekend exercises on Salisbury Plain Credit: British Army

Fresh from supporting the military response to the multi-agency flood relief effort in Dorset, it has been back out on to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, for Army Reservists from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, for one of their most dynamic weekend exercises in recent years.

The civilian volunteers, who spend the working week as window cleaners, shop assistants and company directors, have been working with the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and the most powerful helicopter in the RAF's fleet during an intense weekend training mission called Exercise Spring Warrior.

Like all of the training they do, it was about preparing them to do it for real whilst deployed on operations in support of the Regular Army. The majority of the 50 or more Reservists who took part in Exercise Spring Warrior are based at B Squadron in Salisbury.


Great Bustard brought back to Britain

Great Bustard bird will be re-introduced after being extinct for years Credit: David Kjaer

Birdworld have teamed up with the Great Bustard Group to home the first pair of Great Bustards in Britain for years.

The bird has been extinct in this country since the 1840s but are a missing piece of UK wildlife heritage

Both of the birds will be kept in an aviary as they are unable to be released into the wild.

David Waters, Director of Great Bustard Group, said: "Birdworld's ongoing support for the conservation and reintroduction of the Great Bustard makes a real difference to the work of the GBG."

Great Bustards re-introduced in Britain

Birdworld has been supporting the project to re-establish Great Bustards Credit: David Kjaer

Birdworld and the Great Bustard Group are undertaking a project to bring the Great Bustard bird back to Britain after years of extinction.

The Great Bustard Project was created to re-introduce the species and works tirelessly to re-establish the birds in the UK to create a self sustaining population.

Birdworld has been supporting the Great Bustard Project for several years now by giving a percentage of all money raised in raffles and collections.

As well as fundraising, Birdworld has also been raising awareness of the plight of the Great Bustard with information boards and taxidermy at the park.

The extinct bird are a missing piece of UK wildlife heritage Credit: David Kjaer


Preparing for Helmand

Their role will mark the beginning of the endgame of operations in Afghanistan - but will be no less hazardous. Soldiers from the 1st Mechanized Brigade, drawn from bases across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, are about to embark on a sixth month deployment to Helmand.

Martin Dowse watched them make their final preparations on Salisbury Plain.

Soldiers train on Salisbury Plain before Afghan tour

Troops from 1 Mechanized Brigade have been showcasing their skills on Salisbury Plain ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan. The brigade have been completing the final phase of their training ahead of their tour of the wartorn country.

The soldiers will join Operation Herrick in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in the Summer. Actors have joined the troops, playing the soldiers' Afghan counterparts during today's training exercises on Salisbury Plain.

Training exercises on Salisbury Plain ahead of Afghan deployment Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
1 Mechanized Brigade carry out training on Salisbury Plain before heading to Afghanistan in the Summer Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Actors are playing the role of soldiers' Afghan counterparts in training exercises Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire