The Dorset Biological Warfare Experiments were conducted in the south Dorset area between 1963 -75. They took place under the control of the Microbiological Research Establishment from Porton Down. Numbering scores of individual trials, where both live and dead bacteria were sprayed from ships off the coast and from the air onto large sections of the surrounding countryside. Monitored by mobile detection sites at over 60 designated sites.
Four types of bacteria were used: E. Coli, Bacillus globigii, Bacterium aerogenes and Serratia marcescens.
Clusters of health abnormalities downwind from the test sites have been reported over the last 3 decades
The Defence Evaluation Research Agency said in recent years, “that they cannot rule out conducting larger scale trials in the future to try to ensure the protection of the UK from attacks by people of states using chemical and biological weapons”.
Here are a selection of the first photographs I took of the sites on my research trip recently. Lots more to follow. I promise…
26-Site 02 Portland Bill Dorset 2016
Site 47 Branscombe Beach Devon 2016
28-Site 25 Wareham Dorset 2016
Site 10 Langton Herring Dorset 2016
Site 55 Ottery St Mary Devon 2016