• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417

Take the Dark Skies Pledge

Sep 29, 2015
Pledge your support of the AONB's bid for International Dark Skies Reserve Status


On light pollution maps, Cranborne Chase AONB stands out as an island of darkness, still enjoying a starry ‘dark night sky’ that most people can only dream of. The AONB has set itself the goal of gaining this status applying to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), by the end of 2016.

The AONB Partnership is very grateful to The British Astronomical Association (BAA) that is guiding work on the application. It involves taking dark sky meter readings across the AONB to identify the ‘core’ area where skies are the darkest and a ‘buffer area’ around it. The first set of readings look very promising!

How you can help:

  • Show your support by taking the ‘Dark Skies Pledge’ at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NL375VD
  • On clear nights, see if you can spot certain starry constellations that serve as markers of a truly dark sky and let us know.
  • Record night time lighting in your area, so that the AONB can explore ways of removing unnecessary artificial glare from the night sky
  • Improve the dark night sky by adjusting any of your lights downwards that shine above the horizontal. Nobody need turn any existing lights off but rather confine the light to the place to be illuminated.

Dark Night Skies Leaflet

Dark Night Skies Leaflet