Brecon Beacons granted ‘international dark sky reserve’ status
The Brecon Beacons has been granted ‘international dark sky reserve’ status to save its incredible starry views from light pollution.
- The Welsh national park is one of just five places in the world to be granted the special status.
- It means the night sky there is protected by regulations to prevent light pollution.
- Prince Charles was among the high-profile figures who backed the campaign.
Its deep, inky blackness punctuated by the dazzling sparkles of thousands of distant suns, the night sky over the Brecon Beacons has long mesmerised stargazers. Now the sky above the Welsh mountain range has won special protection to preserve it for future generations – becoming only the fifth place in the world to be saved from light pollution. Prince Charles was among the high profile backers of the campaign for the Beacons to be granted the status of an ‘international dark sky reserve’.
The park already has some of the Britain’s darkest skies ideal for stargazing, but the new status means the night-sky is protected by regulations to prevent light pollution.
The Beacons join Mont Megantic in Quebec, Canada, Exmoor National Park in Devon, Aoraki Mackenzie in New Zealand, and NambiRand Nature Reserve in Namibia as the few regions of nocturnal beauty to be granted the status.
On a clear night above the Beacons stargazers can see the Milky Way, as well as a host of constellations, bright nebulae and even meteor showers.
Campaigners say it is a ‘massive boost bringing environmental, wildlife, economic, tourism and well-being benefits.’
Why not stay at Penrhadw Farm and attend one of the many Star Gazing Events