SCILLY'S NIGHT SKIES DARKEST IN ENGLAND

The Isles of Scilly is the darkest district in the UK, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England. 

The islands finished ahead of 325 other districts on a series of interactive satellite maps showing England's light pollution and dark skies.

 

The CPRE's report states that 91% of Scilly's night skies fall in the darkest category, "with very little light pollution elsewhere". 

 

Ten of the darkest districts are in the South West, the darkest region in England. 

 

Emily Emma Marrington, senior rural policy campaigner at CPRE, said: "Our Night Blight maps also show where people can expect to find a truly dark, starry sky. The benefits of dark skies, for health, education and tourism, are now being recognised. Dark skies are a key characteristic of what makes the countryside so different from urban areas."

 

The ‘Night Blight’ maps were produced using satellite images captured at 1.30am throughout September 2015.

 

The Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has designated several locations on the islands as Dark Sky Discovery Sites, meaning that they are particularly good for stargazing. 

 

These are the Garrison Playing Field on St Mary’s, the cricket pitches on St Agnes and St Martins, the Community Centre Play Park Area on Bryher and the playing fields on Tresco.

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