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The second ever Welsh Dark Sky Week aims to raise awareness about reducing light pollution for future generations and encourage more people to take part in dark skies activities.

The whole protected landscape family in Wales will be working together to bring to you a week of events around the country between the 17th and 26th of February.

The events will showcase what our designated Dark Skies has to offer and will hopefully spark interest from our communities and businesses to work together with nature. Our dark skies protects our wildlife and climate but can also be used to extend the visitor season and encourage tourism outside of the traditional summer months.

The week also coincides with the Brecon Beacons’ 10th anniversary since being designated as an International Dark Skies Reserve and on the 17th of February the National Park Authority are asking residents and businesses to switch off all lights for an hour between 19.30-20.30 to really see the stars shine above.

Other events during the week will include dark sky activities such as night stargazing walks at Cwm Idwal and the Carneddau and night sky storytelling at Nant Gwrtheyrn with Fiona Collins.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy! More information will be available on the Discovery in the Dark website.

Dani Robertson the Authority’s Dark Sky Officer said:

“Together, the National Parks and Area’s of Outstanding Natural Beauty are all working hard to raise awareness of light pollution and how this impacts not just our view to the stars, but also our wildlife and health. We would love for you to join us on our journey around Wales’s protected landscapes to learn more about the work that is going on there to protect our Dark Skies and what you could do to help.”

Notes to editors
1. For more information contact Ioan Gwilym, SNPA’s Corporate Services Communications Officer on 01766 772253 / 07900267506 or gwilym@eryri.llyw.cymru