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Sanctuary Awards 2021: Celebrating 30 years of achievements in conservation and sustainability

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A trophy which features a silver, metal otter with a fish in its mouth, perched atop a black square base. On the base of the trophy is a plaque which reads: 'Sanctuary Award, presented to MOD conservation officer by Otterburn Training Area, for annual presentation for the best conservation project on MOD land, 1991.

I’m Julia Powell, Head of Policy, Climate Change and Sustainability within the MOD’s new Climate Change and Sustainability Directorate. This year, I also had the challenging but exciting role of being Chair of Judges for what were the 30th annual …

Restoring and protecting Flimston Chapel for future generations

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Image taken from the side of the chapel, showing the renovated brick walling. There is a stained glass window in the central part of the wall, with a cross on the top part of the roof.

I’m Kathryn Sayner, one of DIO's Historic Building Advisors. I was recently involved in a conservation project to restore Flimston Chapel. Flimston Chapel is a notable landmark feature on Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire. The Grade II listed building dates …

Encouraging the return of pine martens and red squirrels to Kirkcudbright Training Centre

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Two pine martens standing on rocks. One is looking at the camera. They both have brown fur with pale patches at their throats.

As Deputy Training Safety Officer for Kirkcudbright Training Centre in Dumfries and Galloway, I’ve been spending some of my time on a project designed to help Scotland’s native red squirrels. Kirkcudbright Training Centre is primarily used for infantry training, including …

Storm Arwen: from devastation to woodland regeneration

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The image is an aerial view of a hillside on which there is a large number of fallen or damaged trees.

Hello, I’m Judith Peachey, Forestry Harvesting and Arboriculture Manager at Landmarc Support Services. We work with DIO to manage land and facilities across the MOD’s 190,000 hectares of UK training estate, and my job has a focus on long term …

Year in Review: looking back at 2021

A Chinook hovers over a barge holding large bags of aggregate.

To nobody’s surprise, 2021 has presented just as many challenges as 2020. Fortunately, DIO’s teams have been up to the task and have continued to work hard for our Armed Forces customers. Here are some of the highlights of the …

Increasing our capabilities in the sustainable management of the Defence estate

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The photo shows a road which is surrounded on both sides by areas of grass and trees, which are of a healthy, vibrant green appearance.

The DIO Technical Services team is full of expert practitioners in various fields from archaeology to engineering, and now boasts even more expertise than before thanks to the introduction of 18 new posts related to climate resilience and sustainability. The …

Revitalising the sand dune ecology of Braunton Burrows

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The photo shows four men from the explosive ordnance clearance team. They are walking towards the camera over an area of grassy dunes. They are wearing high-vis vests, and are carrying spades and metal detector equipment.

The Braunton Burrows sand dune system on the North Devon coast is the second largest dune system in the UK and a site of international importance for its wildlife and ecology. It’s also an excellent location for military training, with …

Restoring native tussac grass habitats in the Falkland Islands

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In the foreground, clumps of healthy tussac grass can be seen on a sloped section of Middle Island's coast. Behind this there are a few rocky outcrops in the water, with the sea stretching into the horizon.

  One of the major responsibilities shared by DIO and British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) is the sustainable management of land and facilities used by British forces in the Falkland Islands. This includes the conservation of some of the …

Restoring vital sand dune habitats at Penhale Training Area, Cornwall

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Three people in dark clothing kneel on the ground looking at something between them. They are on a grassy area with the sea behind them.

The UK Defence Training Estate is home to a diverse range of habitats and wildlife species, many of which have been granted protected status. Through our work with industry partners, conservation organisations, and the UK Armed Forces themselves, DIO is …