A study is currently underway to help conserve pine martens in Dumfries and Galloway.
Only 12 of the animals were re-introduced to the area in the 1980s, meaning the current animals are all descended from the original dozen. It's raised concerns over how small the gene pool is in Galloway Forest.
A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her mountain bike in Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart.
The cyclist suffered head and neck injuries after being thrown from her handlebars whilst making her way through one of the sections of the famous 7 Stanes tracks on Saturday afternoon.
She was brought to safety by the Galloway Mountain Rescue and team before the air ambulance transferred her to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
This winter has seen some fairly extreme weather and work is still going on to repair some of the storm damage in the Galloway Forest Park.
Trees were blown down and uprooted making the woodland trails safe for visitors is taking some time.
The repair work has meant that many walking and mountain biking trails have had to close but not everyone is heeding the signs to stay away. Fiona McIlwraith reports.
Galloway Forest Park is still struggling to repair the damage left behind by the winter storms. Trees were blown down in the high winds, and also uprooted.
It's meant a lot of walking and mountain biking trails have had to close while they are repaired and the public are being urged to avoid closed routes.
Yesterday many people were out searching for the northern lights in Dumfries and Galloway but, unfortunately there was no sign of them, but a beginners guide to stargazing still proved a big hit.
Run by the forestry commission in Galloway Forest Park, the events are being held throughout the next few weeks.
Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith spent an evening with the stars.
Before the nights get lighter, stargazers are being urged to go out and enjoy the sights around Galloway Forest Park.
Events for amateur stargazers are proving very successful, as people come to explore the area, which has dark sky status.
Last night, Fiona McIlwraith joined them in search of the Northern Lights.
It's home to hundreds of millions of trees and boasts the darkest sky in Europe.
Now Galloway Forest Park is also the focus for more than 4 million pounds of investment to increase tourist numbers.
The third new visitor centre in the park opens this weekend and Katie Hunter's been to take a look:
The first of three new and upgraded visitor centres in the Galloway Forest Park is to open on Saturday.
A £4.5 million investment from Forestry Commission Scotland has helped to modernise two centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool and build a new complex at Kirroughtree.
All three visitor centres are using local, Galloway bases catering businesses to provide food and refreshments for their site, something those involved in the project are sure will help to boost the local economy.
The £4.5 million investment in Galloway Forest Park from the Scottish Forestry Commission has been said to show 'commitment' to boosting green tourism within our region.
The money has been invested into upgrading and building three new visitor centres within the park.
The new Kirroughtree visitor centre is due to open for the first time on Saturday.
The new tourism developments have been welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Environment & Climate Change Minister:
A new, state-of-the-art visitor centre is to open in Galloway Forest Park on Saturday.
£4.5 million has been invested by Forestry Commission Scotland to create and update three sites, including a new complex at Kirroughtree, a modernised centre at Clatteringshaws and an upgraded centre at Glentrool.
The new centre at Kirroughtree will be opened for the first time at 10am on Saturday.
All three visitor centres have Galloway based catering businesses providing food and refreshments.
The Kirroughtree complex aims to be very user friendly for those exploring the forests or just wanting somewhere for a bite to eat and a coffee.
For walkers or mountain bikers, there will be new showers, changing rooms, bike washes and an open space modern café.