Devon Dark Skies Day – 31st October 2019

 

Whilst some lighting at night is important for our safety, light pollution can also be damaging to us and our natural environment. Light spill from security lights, street lights and floodlights break into the darkness and can spread for miles creating a veil of light across the night sky. It can spill into homes disrupting people’s sleep, it impacts on wildlife and it increases our carbon emissions.

Devon LNP partners have declared the 31st October as Devon Dark Skies Day. This includes a day time workshop for ecological consultants (run by Devon Wildlife Trust, Professor Fiona Mathews and Devon County Council) and an evening event for the public at County Hall (see below).

We will be using social media to promote dark skies and opportunities to reduce light pollution whilst still ensuring human safety. Please get involved in the discussion!

 

 

Evening event: 
The impacts of night lighting on humans and wildlife

Council Chamber, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD

To book please email jay.boyle@devon.gov.uk

For more information on how to get to the venue, please visit: https://www.devon.gov.uk/help/visiting-county-hall/

 

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This event is aimed at anyone interested in how night time lighting impacts on us and wildlife. It aims to share the growing body of research and practical experience surrounding night time lighting, in relation to both wildlife and people. We will be exploring opportunities to determine how we can limit the impact of artificial lighting without sacrificing the key benefits.

 

Agenda

6pmTea and coffee served in the atrium

6.30Welcome – Dr James Szymankiewicz, Devon LNP Chair and North Devon GP

6.35The implications for human health – Professor Derk-Jan Dijk, Surrey Sleep Centre

7.10Creatures of the night: protecting dark skies for bats – Professor Fiona Mathews, University of Sussex and Chair of the Mammals Society

7.35Tea Break

8.00 Nocturnal Landscapes for wildlife – moths, glow-worms and other things – Dr Adrian Spalding, Spalding Associates

8.20Devon’s Dark Skies and tranquillity – Mel Croll, Landscape Specialist, Devon County Council & Peter Finch, Devon CPRE

8.35Exmoor Dark Skies Reserve – Dan James, Exmoor National Park Authority

8.55Closing remarks – Dr James Szymankiewicz

9.00End

 


Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 

Exmoor National Park is home to some of the darkest skies in the country so it’s a great place to gaze at the stars. For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered at what they saw. But the dark skies that were the night time backdrop for the vast majority of human history are for many of us now a rare sight. Our night times are filled with the orange glow of street lighting and we are all more likely to be looking at a television or a smartphone than gazing at the stars.

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival has been created to bring back that sense of wonder, with plenty of events taking place from the 14th October – 3rd November at venues all over Exmoor, from stargazing talks and sessions to night time adventures to help you enjoy some of the darkest skies in the country.

For more information visit: https://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing