Biosphere

Galloway Biosphere Supporters

Curly Tale Books is delighted to be a proud supporter of the Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere.

What is a Biosphere?

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.

The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way.

The Biosphere designation brings no new rules or regulations but rather encourages us to work together to create a better future for people and nature.

The Biosphere is special because of its combination of special wildlife areas, superb natural environment and rich cultural heritage. The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere has the Galloway Hills at its core and a rich and diverse landscape, rivers and lochs and a fabulous rugged coastline, it covers about 5000 square kilometres.

The Biosphere aims to value and protect the biological and cultural diversity of the region while promoting environmentally sustainable development.

Biosphere – A Sense of Place

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a special place for

* Wildlife and Natural Beauty

* Heritage and Culture

* Recreation and Enjoyment

* Local produce

* Inspiration

* Tranquillity

The Biosphere is a special place for Wildlife and Natural Beauty

With uplands bogs, lochs and tumbling upland burns cascading from the remote rolling hills, to join wide meandering rivers that flow through a mix of farmland and forest to a mixture of rugged coast and sandy beaches the Biosphere really is a place of contrasting landscapes.

The Biosphere is a special place which inspires.

Whether it’s the barren hills and lonely lochs of the uplands or meandering rivers and rugged coast of the lowlands; the landscape and people have fired the imagination of creative minds for centuries. Novelists, poets, painters, musicians, crafts people and sculptors have been inspired by the area which hosts the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. National Poet and one of Scotland’s most famous sons, Robert Burns found his homeland a great inspiration.

Of course the landscape of Galloway has been a huge inspiration to us, many of our books feature not only the indigenous breed of cattle – the Belted Galloway – but also reflect the unique countryside, and support other local businesses. We have always had our books printed in Scotland and will now be using 100 per cent recycled paper. We firmly believe in fairtrade and, where possible, source our products from ethical or local suppliers. Our shop showcases the work of crafters and artists living within the Biosphere.