Biosphere status "wonderful and significant"
THE natural beauty of Ayrshire and Galloway has been recognised as it has been declared one of a select few biospheres in the UK - and the first in Scotland.
The inspiring landscape of the region has been recognised by UNESCO who have bestowed the honour on a 5,000 sq/km area - putting it on a par with Yellowstone Park in America and Ayres Rock in Australia.
The area takes in parts of East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway - including Cumnock, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel and Sanquhar which are all part of the exciting new project.
Dalmellington is near the heart of the area which is centred around the Loch Doon and Galloway Forest region - which then stretches as far as Kirkcudbright on the Solway coast.
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