“The only Dark-Sky reserve in Wales is situated in the Brecon Beacons. You’d be hard pressed to find a community which goes to such great lengths to ensure light pollution is reduced. The hard work is obviously paying off – on a clear night you can see just about everything from anywhere” Ordnance Survey 2015
On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers. It’s enough to make anyone starry eyed.
Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers. There are loads of Events to enjoy stargazing – check out the ones on this month here.
We think that this is something worth shouting about, so we teamed up with the Brecon Beacons Park Society to apply to the International Dark Sky Association to make our entire National Park an International Dark Sky Reserve. In 2012, we became just the fifth destination in the world (and the first in Wales) to be accredited.
Through this highly prestigious status, we hope to preserve our magical night skies for future generations and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our Park. We also intend to help protect a whole host of nocturnal creatures that need dark nights to forage, hunt and migrate.
Find out what’s happening in the night sky and how you learn more.
Watch the amazing Brecon Beacons Dark Sky video. We promise it will blow you away!
It was produced by photographer Michael Sinclair, who has spent countless hours under the night sky in the Brecon Beacons National Park capturing time lapse footage to put this stunning short film together. The introduction is by Brecon Male Choir bass baritone Edwin Roderick.
We hope you like it.
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