The Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Project
The Brecon Beacons, especially the northern and western sections of the park, are one of the few dark areas still remaining in the UK . The Park Society and the Park Authority feel that preserving the quality of the night sky is important and as a result have initiated the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky project as a joint endeavour between those organisations.
The objectives of the project are to combat the growing encroachment of light pollution into the Brecon Beacons National Park and the surrounding area, mitigate the adverse effects of this pollution, and raise awareness and understanding of this special quality of the National Park. In so doing it is also the intention to gain International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) status for the Brecon Beacons National Park from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
The overall approach of the project is a collaborative one, with alliances to be formed with many local organisations to benefit from local experience and expertise, and to maximise the feeling of ownership of the project within communities in the Park. Major activities in the project include –
- Feasibility Assessment
- Negotiation with the International Dark Sky Association
- Fundraising and Project Planning
- Night Sky Quality Survey
- Educational Outreach
- Development of External Lighting Guidelines
- Audit of existing External Lighting
- Community Liaison and Communication