Take part in CPRE’s Star Count 2021
The big Star Count is back!
Between 6-14 February you can help map the New Forest’s view of the night sky by counting the number of stars you can see in the constellation of Orion.
This year will be a little different. Everyone is being asked to take part from home. You can look to the skies from your garden, balcony, doorstep or even bedroom window!
Dark night skies are one of the special qualities of the New Forest, which has several tranquil areas with few houses and streetlights. This research into light pollution seeks to increase awareness of the effect it can have on the night sky and on the health of people and wildlife.
The New Forest National Park Authority works to keep light pollution at a minimum through the planning process and raising awareness of the issue among local people.
These maps help to identify areas with severe light pollution as well as identifying existing dark skies that need protecting.
The event is hosted by CPRE Hampshire, the countryside charity.
Taking part is simple. All you have to do is look to the night sky on a clear night, count the number of stars you can see within the Orion constellation, and submit your count on the website.
Photo: Abigail Oliver