Our work asks the bigger questions posed by the project of military sites in the UK, focusing on case studies of military training estates in the South West of England and Wales. In line with the overall project’s wider focus, research on Britain addresses a central paradox in the war-environment relationship: how militarized landscapes can become unexpected refuges for animals and plants and consciously managed as conservation sites often superior in natural value to non-militarized lands.

We are particularly interested in examining two central ideas: