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Revolutionising our management of heritage on the Defence estate

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DIO archaeologist Guy Salkeld is pictured in front of a trench under excavation at Flower's Barrow on Lulworth Trainingn Area. He is smiling enthusiastically.

The MOD has a rich and diverse historic environment on its UK and overseas estate, containing many thousands of historic buildings and archaeological sites. As the guardian of these valuable heritage assets, DIO is responsible for their stewardship, a key …

The eagle has landed: rare bird returns to Lulworth Ranges

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A photo of a white-tailed eagle mid-flight. The eagle has large, rectangular like wings with frayed tips. It has a brown plumage with a pale head and white tail.

The white-tailed eagle or sea eagle is Britain’s largest bird of prey, and was once widespread along the south coast of England before being driven to extinction by human persecution. To restore this lost species, Forestry England and the Roy …

Maintaining and protecting woodlands on the UK Defence Training Estate

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Woodland in Sennybridge with sun coming through the trees

Woodland at Sennybridge [Copyright Finn Beales] Did you know we're right in the middle of Forest Week, and that the UK Defence Training Estate is made up of  20,000 hectares of woodland? To help celebrate Forest Week, Judith Peachey, Forestry …

No Mow May at RAF St Mawgan: the best excuse for not mowing the lawn!

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A photo showing a field of tall grass, with buildings to the left and an airport to the right. In the foreground is a sign reading 'RAF St Mawgan: Phil Lamb Way'

I’m Samuel Ibbotson, an Estate Facility Manager for DIO. My role is an interesting and varied one, and this summer at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall has been no exception, following a station-wide “No Mow May” initiative. First launched in …

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 …

British Science Week 2022: Taking on the sustainability challenge across the Service Family Accommodation Estate

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The image shows a row of terraced houses, fronted by a grass lawn with flowers in the foreground.

This week is British Science Week, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This year’s theme is ‘growth’ and in DIO, we are showcasing some key projects through which we are using science and innovation to reduce the Defence …

National Apprenticeship Week 2022: reflecting on my experiences as a DIO apprentice

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A white man wearing hiking gear and carrying a rucksack stands in an open field next to a wooden fence. In the background there is a dry stone wall with hills behind.

As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, I’d like to offer some reflections on my apprenticeship journey within the DIO corporate communications team, as well as picking out a few personal highlights from my time as an apprentice in DIO. Why …

Extreme E: An electrifying race weekend at Bovington Training Area

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The photo was taken from the side of the racetrack and shows two Extreme E SUVs passing over a jump. The car in front is on the descent while the other follows closely behind in mid-air over the jump. In the background is a row of trees adjacent to the track.

Over the weekend of 18-19 December 2021, we had the exciting task of hosting the final race of the inaugural season of Extreme E at Bovington Training Area (BTA) in Dorset. Extreme E is an international off-road, electric racing series …

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 …