Biospheres are places with world-class environments that are designated by the United Nations to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and promote conservation and sustainable development on a regional scale. Biospheres are created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting sustainable economic development. They are places of cooperation, education and research where local communities, environmental groups, and economic interests can work collaboratively on conservation and development issues. This exhibition introduces Biospheres and in particular the new Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere.


Galloway and South Ayrshire is a new-style UNESCO Biosphere because of its unique combination of special landscapes and wildlife areas, rich cultural heritage and communities that care about their environment and culture and want to develop it sustainably.

Biosphere designation will help define and sustain those special qualities. As an internationally recognised marketing brand for superb natural environments Biosphere designation offers new opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.