Dark skies

Beautiful moonlit ascent of Ingleborough taken from the summit
Moonlit walk in Yorkshire Dales Rebecca Cole/Alamy

Starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer. Light pollution not only limits our views of these skies, but also disrupts wildlife’s natural patterns. We want to reclaim our dark skies.

We run an annual star counthelping us to see where light pollution is a problem and where the darkest skies are. We use this evidence to advocate for better-controlled lighting, and we offer advice about what we can all do to reduce local light pollution.

A dark starry night sky with people silhouetted in the darkness in the foreground

Look for dark skies near you

We’ve gathered data about light levels across the country and created interactive maps showing places where you can enjoy truly dark skies. The maps are also a great way to explore light pollution near you, so that you can take action locally.

Explore the Night Blight maps