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.


Or you can give by text to 70085. Just message DARKSKIES along with your chosen donation amount (eg DARKSKIES 5 to donate £5). Standard message rates apply.

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!

Our Dark Skies Officer, Jack Ellerby was asked to do a presentation at the Institution for Lighting Professionals' Annual Lighting Summit, held in Manchester, 14-15 June this year.  The presentation and Q&A is half an hour. 

Good Lighting Approaches for Dark Skies

As a former planning and landscape professional, Jack is new to the field of lighting.  Working across Cumbria, he’ll share some of his learning and fresh approaches to tackling light pollution. Covering planning guidance, whole settlement audits, collaborative project working with public and private lighting professionals, monitoring, and inspiring communities and individuals to take action.

Watch video (30 minutes)