Star-filled skies are one of the most magical sights our countryside has to offer. However, research shows that light pollution is leaving fewer stars than ever visible to the naked eye.
Light pollution not only affects humans but plants & wildlife too. For example, artificial lighting affects moth behaviour.
Moths play an important role in pollinating flowers during their nocturnal activity and have declined in abundance by 40% in 40 years. Their cycles might have been disrupted by light pollution but studies show this can be alleviated, by the use of low-energy lighting and particularly by the use of part-time night lighting
You could help to track how light levels are changing by taking part in the CPRE 2020 Star Count.
It’s a great, easy piece of stargazing – no telescopes required - for kids and adults. Choose a clear night between 21-28 February 2020 and look to the skies to see how many stars you can spot within Orion.
We'll post more closer to the time but more info on the star counts can be found at cpre.org.uk