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March 22, 2016

The Isle of Man, the tiny island located in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England has just been recognized by UNESCO as one of the best places in the world to explore nature. The isle was named a Biosphere Reserve, the Telegraph reports, with UNESCO calling it a "special place for people and nature."

The island was among 20 sites added to UNESCO's list of 669 Biosphere Reserves, with sites in over 120 countries, including Mount Hakusan in Japan, Peru's Gran Pajatén, which houses to the Andean cloud forests, Tanzania's Jozani-Chwaka Bay, much of Italy's Tuscany region, Spain's Sierra Nevada, Morocco's Atlas Cedar, and Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. 

In awarding the special status to the Isle of Man, UNESCO noted the island's cliffs, islets, farms, and beaches, as well as a rich biodiversity in the sea and peat reserves. It's the first time that an entire jurisdiction has been recognized for the distinction. 

"We are immensely proud of what our Island has to offer visitors," said Angela Byrne, the head of tourism at the Isle of Man. "From awe-inspiring waterfalls hidden away in verdant historic glens to wide open expanses that produce vistas that take your breath away." 

Visitors wishing to explore all that the new Biosphere Reserve can fly to the capital city of Douglas from almost any airport in the UK, or take a ferry from Birmingham, Belfast, or Dublin.

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