Take the pledge to protect the skies above South Downs

SUSSEX IMAGE LIBRARY - COPYRIGHT RESERVED - MANAGED BY PPL PHOTO AGENCY *** Local Caption *** Autumn tree silhouette with the moon at dusk on Cissbury Ring, West Sussex ENGSNL00120110212104202

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Stargazers, night owls and environmentalists are being urged to pledge their support for the night skies above the South Downs National Park.

People can take the South Downs Dark Skies pledge to try and make the South Downs an International Dark Skies Reserve.

Dan Oakley at the South Downs National Park Authority said, “Light pollution is a big issue. It stops people from enjoying the night skies.

“SDNPA is putting together a bid to make the South Downs an International Dark Skies reserve. The first step is to map where the dark skies are, the next is to work with communities to find where light pollution is coming from and where lighting can be improved to make our dark skies even better.

“But to make this happen the SDNPA also needs to show people living in and around the South Downs support the application.

“The South Downs National Park sits bang in the middle of the most crowded part of the country but surprisingly we still have precious places where the night skies are still dark enough to reveal an astonishing starscape.

“Please show you back the bid by taking the Dark Skies Pledge at www.southdowns.gov.uk/darkskiespledge”