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Conservation & Archaeology

QinetiQ owned or operated sites are home to many species of wildlife, flora and fauna that are of national and international importance. Our commitment to caring for them is an important part of our Corporate Responsibility.

By managing the sites effectively, often in partnership with local and national organisations, we can have a positive effect on the environment in which we work, demonstrate our commitment to our local communities as well as contributing to UK biodiversity.

The MOD Shoeburyness Conservation Group has been committed to preserving the unique environment and history of the area for over 30 years. This section provides information on the work of the group and on some of the fascinating wildlife, natural features and history of the site.

Foulness Heritage Centre

In 2002 the Foulness Conservation & Archaeological Society (FCAS) converted the former Foulness Primary School into the Foulness Heritage Centre.


Foulness Island which is located within MOD Shoeburyness comprises extensive inter-tidal mud and sand flats, saltmarsh, beaches, shingle/shell banks, grazing marshes, rough grass and scrubland.


With 15 Grade 2 listed buildings and evidence of a Romano-British settlement dating from the late first century AD to mid-late third century AD, the MOD Shoeburyness site is also important archaeologically.