The WWT Caerlaverock Centre was the vision of Sir Peter Scott, the son of the famous antarctic explorer.
It was built 40 years ago, and has now secured £300,000 in funding for a full revamp.
The Peter Scott Observatory will be replaced to make it better for people to see the hundreds of hooper swans that now call the reserve home.
The centre manager explains why the centre is special:
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