Cumbria's dark skies allow us to see the natural wonder of the stars, but are also critical for the health wildlife and our own natural well-being. Sadly light pollution in Cumbria is increasing each year, threatening to obscure our view of the stars and blinding and confusing animals so they can’t feed or find a mate. We need urgent action now to stop light pollution. Stargazers, photographers, wildlife lovers and local communities… please help.
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The Lake District and Cumbria offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. Download our Dark Sky Discovery Pack and get started today!
Dark skies are integral to the tranquility and people’s enjoyment of the many great landscapes of the Lake District and across Cumbria. Read more
Dark Skies Cumbria project events and activities. We're busy planning our 2021 Dark Skies Festival. We'll be publishing more information as plans come together later this year. Read more
We believe that the Lake District offers some of the most spectacular and precious skyscapes in England and we want you to join us on an interstellar adventure. We're publishing tips and guides to help you make the most of our starry skies! Read more
In contrast to comprehensive legislation covering air, noise and water pollution, powers to control light pollution are very limited, and individual, cumulative additional lighting is being added on a daily basis, causing ever-increasing sky glow at night. Read more
Global emissions of Artificial Lighting At Night (ALAN) are projected to increase by 6% each year, with ecological impacts to coastal marine and estuarine ecosystems. Read more
We spoke with a Parish Council about Dark Skies this month. Listening well to conversations and stories can reveal much richer meaning and common values than ‘policy words’! Read more
Some basic principles to help reduce light pollution and safeguard Cumbria's Dark Skies Read more
International Dark Sky Association