The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere covers a region of over 5,200sq kms, comprising a biologically diverse and unique range of habitats including river catchments, native woodlands and peatlands, to name just a few. Nestled amongst this vast area are communities ranging in size from towns to tiny hamlets, some of whom have chosen to become ‘Biosphere Communities’ as Gatehouse of Fleet has.
So what is a UNESCO Biosphere? A Biosphere is an international designation awarded by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that an area offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way. Galloway and Southern Ayrshire is one of two UNESCO Biospheres in Scotland (the other being Wester Ross), and part of a network of more than 700 UNESCO Biospheres around the world.