Wales Dark Skies Week, now in its third year, is set to cast its celestial glow from February 9th to 18th, 2024.

This collaborative initiative brings together all eight designated landscapes in Wales, uniting the three National Parks of Eryri, Bannau Brycheiniog, and Pembrokeshire Coast, along with the five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Ynys Môn, Pen Llŷn, Bryniau Clwyd a Dyffryn Dyfrdwy, Gŵyr, and Wye Valley.

The overarching goal of Welsh Dark Skies Week is to raise awareness about the crucial role of dark skies in biodiversity, human health, energy conservation, heritage preservation, and, of course, astronomy. The week will feature a variety of events held both on-site and online across all eight locations, ensuring opportunities for all enthusiasts.

Wales boasts the highest percentage of protected dark skies globally, with Eryri National Park standing as the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the U.K. and Ynys Enlli securing its status as Europe’s first and only Dark Sky Sanctuary.

The designated landscapes are tackling light pollution across Wales, one bulb at a time. Adopting dark sky friendly lighting at home is a great way to protect the planet, your health and your bank balance! We have free bilingual lighting guidance available online and via physical copies.

 

Dani Robertson the National Park Authority’s Dark Skies Officer said:

“Safeguarding our dark skies is not just about preserving natural beauty; it’s a commitment to protect biodiversity, human well-being, and our connection to the cosmos. Wales Dark Sky Week presents a unique opportunity for everyone to delve into the mysteries above, learn about the importance of dark skies, and join in the celebration of our shared celestial heritage.”

 

Events throughout the week will be listed on the official Discovery in the Dark website providing a comprehensive guide for attendees. For additional information, updates, and captivating insights into the enchanting world of dark skies, follow Prosiect Nos on social media.

Join us as we delve into the wonders of the universe, celebrating the mesmerising tapestry of stars that decorate our Welsh night skies.

 

Notes to Editors:

  1. For free bilingual lighting guidance online and/or via physical copies. Contact the Dark Skies Officer for further info; robertson@eryri.llyw.cymru
  1. For more information about the Wales Dark Skies Week visit the Discovery in the Dark website.
  1. For media enquiries contact Ioan Gwilym, The Authority’s Head of Communications on 01766 772253 / 07900267506 or ioan.gwilym@eryri.llyw.cymru