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State of the art range tower delivers improved facilities for training troops

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A Challenger 2 tank firing. There is a large explosion and smoke coming from the end of the barrel. The day is sunny.

A new state of the art range tower at Castlemartin Range in Pembrokeshire will secure the future for the delivery of tri-service training at Castlemartin. Castlemartin Training Area is large enough for live-firing, tactical battlegroup-level exercises involving multiple Armoured Fighting …

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 …

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 …

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 …