The environment and the landscape that makes up Galloway and Southern Ayrshire has become to the first in Scotland to be recognised as 'significant'.
The United Nations has awarded the area Biosphere Status.
It means the area joins and elite group of environmentally important Biosphere's across the world, which include Mount Kenya, Niagara and the Hawaiin Islands.
Andy Burn has sent this report:
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