From its remote hills, through its network of burns, lochs and rivers to the coast, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a special place, a living landscape which is much more than ‘just scenery’.
The landscape of the Biosphere has been shaped by geological forces over millions of years. From rugged coastline to large domed hills it is water that has provided the ‘lifeblood’ of the area. Bogs and lochs, tumbling upland burns and rivers in broad valleys, radiate out from the hills and provide habitats for a rich diversity of plants and animals. These features create a distinctly Scottish landscape at a scale that is easy to access and get closer to nature.
Events and trails get you closer to nature
- Wild seasons: www.wildseasons.co.uk
- Red kite trail: www.gallowaykitetrail.com
- Galloway Forest Park managed by Forestry Commission Scotland includes three visitor centres, forest drives and way-marked cycling and walking routes; scotland.forestry.gov.uk
Visit nature reserves
- National Nature Reserve Cairnsmore of Fleet is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and easy to access; visitor information
- Scottish Wildlife Trust has many reserves including Knockshinnoch Lagoons, but there are many more to choose from at; www.scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk
- RSPB has a number of reserves from Wood of Cree to Airds Moss; www.rspb.org.uk