Take the dark skies pledge with the South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is putting together a bid to make the South Downs an ‘International Dark Skies’ reserve.

The first step is to map where the dark skies are, the next is to work with communities to find where light pollution is coming from and where lighting can be improved to make the dark skies even better.

But to make this happen, the SDNPA also needs to show people living in and around the South Downs support the application.

Dan Oakley, dark skies ranger, said: “The national park sits bang in the middle of the most crowded part of the country, but surprisingly we still have precious places where the night skies are still dark enough to reveal an astonishing starscape.

“Please show you back the bid by taking the Dark Skies Pledge at www.southdowns.gov.uk/darkskiespledge

“Light pollution is a big issue, not only wasting energy, 
costing money and impacting on wildlife, it can even affect our health – disrupting sleep. It also stops people enjoying the night skies.”