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Baby squirrels born on Ballykinler Training Area

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I was pleased to hear about the birth of new red squirrel kittens on the Ballykinler Training Area. For the past five years Belfast Zoo has been working together with DIO as one of the organisations involved with the red squirrel breeding programme to protect and help red squirrels adapt to the wild across forests in Northern Ireland.

Upgrading the Defence Training Estate with carbon efficient accommodation

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Eight men stand, socially distanced, outside a single storey green building. The foreground is bare earth, unlandscaped, with a path leading to the building. Four of the men are wearing military camouflage uniform, the others are dressed in dark suits.

Personnel using Salisbury Plain and Nesscliff Training Areas are seeing the benefit of the early stage of a new programme to provide new carbon efficient accommodation on a number of sites. We are calling this £45m project the Net Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP).

Year in review: reflecting on the challenges and successes of 2020

It has been a busy and challenging year for DIO. In addition to supporting the government’s wider COVID-19 relief efforts, we continued to deliver on a range of key projects and programmes for our customers and staff throughout the UK and abroad. Let’s look back at some of the year’s main achievements.

Banish winter blues over the festive season

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On a white background are Scrabble-style tiles reading Mental Health. In the top right corner is a green leaf.

Winter is upon us, which means a drop in temperatures, shorter days, less sunlight and darker nights. We may sleep for longer, feel sluggish and find the simplest tasks difficult to complete.

We’re also dealing with the continued impact of COVID-19 and the extended lockdown restrictions may have caused additional strain on our mental health. This combined with the change of season can affect our mental health, so it’s important that we make it a priority.

Respect the Range: accessing local training estates during lockdown

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A landscape image divided into two vertically down the middle. On the left is a beautiful landscape, which transitions on the right into a continuation of the same landscape, with a military helicopter and tanks. Overlaid text says "Calm to combat" and 'Respect the range".

MOD-owned land is home to some of the most beautiful and unique rural areas in the UK. Due to our ongoing conservation and partnerships with a variety of charities and specialist organisations, our land continues to offer exciting opportunities to …