Range Signs & Signals

Range signs and a fixed barrier

We are committed to working with our Local Authorities to keep members of the public informed about any issues in respect of the Range which may affect them.

Local residents, businesses and visitors to the area need to be aware of the hazardous nature of activities conducted on the Range. They are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the restrictions imposed regarding access and health and safety.

Brill Gate and some areas adjacent to the site's perimeter fence are open to the general public during times when the site is non-operational. In these areas, the Range uses a variety of signs, notices and signals to indicate the Range firing status and when the area is closed to the public.

Red and LIMA flags

The following warning systems are either permanently in place or used when appropriate. Please remember that these measures are in place for the safety of the public and instructions should be followed at all times.

Red Flag
The hoisting of signal flags and lights is controlled by Range Control. When the Range Danger Area (RDA) is operational, a red flag is flown in the daytime and a red light is used during hours of darkness. When the Range is active members of the public are NOT permitted to enter the Range. The red flags are always flown at full mast.

LIMA Flag (quartered black yellow)
The flag is hoisted at the points where access to the range is controlled by a barrier. When flown at full mast, the flag indicates that the Range is active with live firing and, for your own safety and that of others, the area must not entered.

Danger sign

Danger/No Entry Signs
These signs come in a variety of sizes and styles and are intended to warn members of the public that they are in the vicinity of an MOD Range. Should you come across one of these signs you are strongly advised to read it and comply with any instructions not to trespass or touch unidentified objects.

Fixed Barriers
Fixed barriers are found throughout the site and must not be crossed without permission. For your own safety, and that of others, under no circumstances should you enter the area if a barrier is closed.

Range Signs & Signals