Dark Skies Cumbria

Saving Our Night Skies

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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Working with five different sized communities across Cumbria, (Kendal and Oxenholme and the parishes of Buttermere, Lorton, Loweswater and Patterdale) we commissioned lighting designers Cundalls to carry out town and village lighting audits to assess light pollution levels and identify the most significant sources of light pollution. Their report identified nearly 100 light pollution hotspots. With the input of the relevant town and parish councils, we will work with businesses and other bodies to help to tackle these problems. 

Read the report here: Cundalls LAAP FINAL Report (pdf)

Lighting audits are usually only carried out for specific, usually large new developments and for Dark Sky Reserve areas. We want this new ‘whole-community’ approach to be adopted as standard practice to start to drive a reversal of growing light pollution levels (49% increase globally over the last 25 years). They will  provide essential baseline data to inform Local and Neighbourhood Plans, Climate and Biodiversity Actions plans and planning decision-making. 

With thanks to Kendal Civic Society and Kendal Town Council for their financial contributions.