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NEWS FEED: Dark Skies

Work begins on developing next priorities for South Downs National Park

October 19th, 2018

Conservation and heritage organisations, rural economy representatives, water companies, farming groups and volunteer networks are just some of the groups being challenged to help set out the priorities for the South Downs National Park for the next five years and the practical action they will take to help achieve them. The work is part of […]

Planning for Dark Night Skies

January 22nd, 2018

In 2016 the South Downs National Park became an International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). With properly dark skies in the South East of England under threat, this is a statement that our skies are worth protecting. The South Downs Local Plan sets out to do just that. This February we’ll be celebrating our International Dark […]

Help us count the stars

January 8th, 2018

Ahead of our second South Downs Dark Skies Festival this February we need your help to measure how our dark night skies are changing by counting the number of stars you can see in Orion. Words by ‘Dark Skies’ Dan Oakley Looking up on a clear night can you see the Milky Way or the […]

Most asked: ‘Dark Skies’ Dan Oakley

January 30th, 2017

Send us your questions about a particular area of work in the National Park to Answering this month is: ‘Dark Skies’ Dan Oakley, Lead Ranger for the SDNPA. Why are dark skies important? The Milky Way is our home and without dark skies we can’t see it. I love being able to look beyond […]

Join our stargazing extravaganza – 10 to 26 February 2017

January 20th, 2017

South Downs Dark Skies Festival, 10-26 February 2017 In 2016 the South Downs National Park became the world’s newest International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), the 2nd in England and only 11th in the world. What better way to mark the occasion than a two-week festival in the dark winter months? Whether you live in or […]

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