Wildlife & Natural Beauty

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

Visit nature reserves