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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Dark skies to be focus of workshop

A NEW partnership between the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere (GSAB) and researchers could boost dark sky tourism in Galloway.

Southwest Scotland was awarded Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status in 2009, now GSAB are partnering with researchers Dr Kimberly Dill and Natalie Marr to co-host an informal workshop to explore how Galloway can maximise the opportunities afforded by the International Dark Sky Park designation.

Taking place in Glentrool Hive on Thursday June 22 from 1 pm, the free workshop is part of a series of events across Galloway and is open to astronomers, artists, business owners, foresters, astro-tourism guides and residents interested in dark sky conservation.

GSAB business development lead Marie McNulty hopes that the workshop will spark imaginations and conversation about the future of dark sky tourism in Galloway, she said: “The stars are truly aligned for a regional Dark Sky Network, with tangible support across sectors for dynamic and sustainable partnerships that will boost our visitor economy. The Biosphere’s workshop at Glentrool will draw on some of the most up-to-date international research conducted by our speakers Dr Kimberly Dill and Natalie Marr, and we’re excited to see where these conversations will take our network and the designation next.”

For more information about the upcoming workshop email: [email protected]

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