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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Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Wintry showers and variable temperatures. Gales and a weather warning
Wetter in the west, cloudy but direr further east. Milder than of late, but blustery