The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team would like your help later this month, to observe and record the number of stars that you can see from your own garden, to help measure light pollution in the Tamar Valley AONB.
Following on from the hugely successful Stargazing events at Buckland Abbey and Harrowbarrow last month, that introduced the idea of light pollution and showed participants what to look for when observing the sky at night, we are now looking for as many people as possible to take part in our Community Star Count. Our apologies if you were unable to book a place for Stargazing – interest was extremely high.
Sam Barnes, Helping Hands for Heritage Project Officer, explains, “The night skies are an important part of the character of the AONB and contribute to its tranquillity, but it is being affected by light pollution”.
Sam continues, “Only 11% of England still has truly dark night skies, as the threat of light pollution from our surrounding towns and cities increases. This also has an affect on wildlife by interrupting migration & feeding patterns”.
To take part in the Community Star Count, we are asking people to step outside on one evening between 11th and 20th December and let your eyes get accustomed to the darkness. Locate and observe the constellation Orion (full details of how to do this at www.tamarvalley.org.uk/hh4h) and count the number of stars that you see.
Everyone who submits their star count will be entered into a prize draw. Results will be available from the beginning of February.