Two recent graduates have been added to the Galloway and South Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere team.

They will spend the next 12 months learning everything there is to know about southwest Scotland’s world-class UNESCO designation.

The Biosphere created two Project Support Officer posts to benefit young people who are at the very start of their careers.

The newest members of ‘Team GSAB’ are Jake McLaughlan and Malcolm Haddow, both of whom live near Dumfries.

Jake brings with him a Degree in Management and a range of IT and research skills. Malcolm holds a BSc in Wildlife & Conservation Management, and is already a passionate communicator about the natural heritage of the region.

Jake said: “I’m excited to be working with the team and look forward to expanding my knowledge on all things Biosphere. I am particularly excited to make new connections and to make a difference where I can.”

Malcolm said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to begin my career within my home region. I’m looking forward to networking among the Biosphere’s communities and stakeholders, whilst being enabled to explore our region’s awe-inspiring culture, landscapes and biodiversity.”

Director, Ed Forrest, said: “We had a marvellous response when recruiting for the Biosphere’s development roles and we are especially pleased to have found

two local young people for these posts. It’s a real privilege for us to have Malcolm and Jake join our team.