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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 …

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 …

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 …

Last chance to nominate projects for the Sanctuary Awards!

Nominations for the Sanctuary Awards close on 31 July and it’s your last chance to nominate projects across our categories from the Individual Achievement Award through to the Social Value and Sustainable Procurement and Construction Award.

Reversing the trend of declining bees on the Defence Training Estate

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This week is National Pollinator’s Week and we’d like to share the initiatives we’ve put in place to help protect bees on the Defence estate. Bees are major pollinators, that ensure food and food security, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity and …

Winners of Sanctuary Awards 2020 Announced

This week we hosted the first ever virtual Sanctuary Awards ceremony! The Sanctuary Awards have been showcasing outstanding sustainability and conservation efforts across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate since 1991, celebrating the achievements of teams and individuals in the …

Baby squirrels born on Ballykinler Training Area

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Alyn is a white man smiling at the camera. Behind him is some shrubbery and a green sign. He wears a blue shirt and tie with a navy gilet over the top.

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.

How conservation groups help to protect biodiversity on the Defence estate

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Today is World Environment Day and I’d like to tell you about the important role that our conservation groups play in managing and protecting biodiversity, the environment and wildlife across the Defence estate.