Dark Skies campaign


The Snowdonia Society is pleased that following our suggestion, Snowdonia National Park Authority is promoting this campaign. 

Update – 4/12/15
In Abergynolwyn on December 4th, it was announced that Snowdonia is now an International Dark Sky Reserve, the tenth in the world.

Light pollution is a growing major problem throughout Britain. Today, using too much light or unsuitable light can be expensive, it can leave too much carbon footprint, and it can be harmful to the landscape, in particular, night wildlife. As a result, Snowdonia National Park Authority is applying for an International Dark Sky Reserve status for Snowdonia.

Volunteers from the Snowdonia Society have helped record night light and following hours of surveying, it was concluded that Snowdonia has a true potential as a dark sky tourist destination.  The dark sky in Snowdonia is extremely valuable and needs to be protected.

Snowdonia Society Director John Harold said,
“Being out under the night sky in Snowdonia is a magical experience away from light pollution.  Looking up at the countless stars reminds us of our place in the universe.  Snowdonia’s Dark Skies are precious and need to be protected.”

On behalf of Snowdonia National Park Authority, Director of Planning and Heritage Jonathan Cawley said,
“We can’t ignore the benefits of being an area which has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. The area’s wildlife will be protected, the quality of the environment will be improved, and there will be a new natural attraction to draw new visitors to Snowdonia during quiet periods of the year. This in turn will improve the local economy and the dark sky of Snowdonia will be protected for future generations.

“We will not insist that night lights should be switched off and we will not ask anyone to spend large sums of money on changing all their lights! All we ask is for people to adjust their use of light. It’s important for us to explain what we’re trying to achieve and have the cooperation of the residents of Snowdonia in this respect. We have therefore prepared a series of meetings for the public to discuss the implications of the status with our officers.”

For more details, contact Gethin Davies at the National Park Office, 01766 770274.