Newsletter – Aug 2015

Welcome to the 2nd Summer 2015 edition of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere news!
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We are blessed with having both a Biosphere and Dark Sky Park, both internationally recognised designations, and both addressing very different experiences. Art and in particular environmental art - often has a habit of making unexpected things happen in our landscape - the Rosnes Benches project is a good example. The benches force people to experience the Galloway Forest Park not just from 1.5m off the ground looking horizontally but from 10cm off the ground looking vertically, with smells, sounds and emotions all mixed in. Once you are lying on one of the 30 benches in 12 locations you begin see the landscape from a different perspective and by looking at the sky you become more aware of the environment that surrounds you.

There are a number of environmental events to engage with over the next month. The new Dark Sky Rangers will be appearing at the Wigtown Book Festival and two other arts based events, EAFS 2015 and Sanctuary 2015, also involve new audiences experiencing the Biosphere and Dark Sky Park. Stop, listen, smell and dwell in Scotland’s hidden corner.

As well as Galloway Forest Park all three events and are delighted to have become proud supporters of the Biosphere by signing the Biosphere Charter and you can join too. Things are looking up!

Best wishes
Keith Muir
Head of Tourism, Recreation & Communications,
Galloway District, Forestry Commission Scotland.


There have been several changes to the Biosphere staff and we welcome the latest addition Marie McNulty. Marie has joined as the Business Development Officer replacing Chimwemwe who has left to further her studies.

Wendy Fenton has now been working for several months and in collaboration with Emily Taylor are the new Natural Heritage Officers. 

Find out more about the Biosphere Team on the Biosphere website.


Gledpark is a model Red Deer enterprise that is a proud supporter of the Biosphere.

At Gledpark the highest welfare standards are at the heart of all they do. The native only stock graze in roomy paddocks with plenty of cover allowing them all to be outwintered. Supplementary feeding is based on Gledpark produced haylage.

Gledpark is managed to be an exemplar of agricultural good practice through assurance, health testing, water capture, electricity generation and hosting their own pollinators with 20 bee hives.


Biosphere is delighted to  support EAFS event on the 29th and 30th August set in the wild open landscape at Morton Castle. Visitors can come and wild camp BUT there are NO facilities. The ethos is to preserve the site and leave it the same as it was found. Here is some essential info so you can plan ahead and have a fantastic time meeting artists, having adventures and discovering the Biosphere.

See you there and remember to bring some fish to BBQ!


The Knowe Bed and Breakfast has signed the Charter to become a proud supporter of the Biosphere. It is located in the picturesque village of Carsphairn in the centre of the Biosphere. 

At The Knowe B&B they are continually striving to become more sustainable and minimise our impact on the environment. Since opening their beautiful B&B in 2012 Karen and Harry Hall have introduced many measures to help reduce energy consumption, water useage and food waste.
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