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Salisbury Plain Training Area

Monumental effort restores ‘Bulford Kiwi’ to its original splendour

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The Bulford Kiwi from the air, showing its white chalk figure, facing to the right, against the green hillside together with the letters "NZ" also in chalk. [Crown copyright, MOD 2018]

Hi, I’m Richard Osgood and I’m DIO’s senior archaeologist. Part of DIO’s role is to look after the MOD estate and we do a lot of work to preserve and protect monuments and sites of historical and scientific interest. Last …

Enabling Positive Experiences: Celebrating World FM Day

Looking after the training estate in Sennybridge, Wales [Copyright Landmarc Support Services Limited, 2018]

I’m Richard McKinney, Regional Delivery Director for DIO. Today is World FM Day and to celebrate I'd like to reflect on the vital work and vast range of facilities management (FM) services that DIO, staff, suppliers and industry partners provide …

DIO partnership provides protection for people and nature

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Dartmoor Warbler [Copyright, Creative Commons 2018]

Hi, I’m Mark Sumner and I work in DIO’s Environmental Support and Compliance Team as the Access and Recreation Advisor, based in Salisbury Plain. Today, I’ll be blogging about the work DIO has done to protect our most important wildlife …

How to risk your life on the military training estate

Cartoon from Reynolds News, 1941, showing someone picnicing in front of a line of tanks

We want people to enjoy the military training estate, but it can be a dangerous place if you don't follow the rules. There are a number of ways you can put your life at risk and here's a few of …

Maintaining the balance: Public Access versus Public Safety?

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WO1 Kevin Morris is a Training Safety Marshall.

The Defence estate includes some of the most dramatic countryside in the UK and every year large numbers of people enjoy access to it both legally and safely. But not everyone sticks to the rules with some people endangering themselves …