Snowdonia National Park joins a world exclusive list of only dark sky status reserves

If you have ever ventured from our Wales caravan holiday parks to Snowdonia National Park you will know how amazing the attraction is. But have you ever seen what’s on offer once the sun goes down? The night sky above Snowdonia National Park is spectacular and as a result has been successful in being awarded select and momentous protection.  The new status means that the National Park becomes the second location in Wales to be given the protection. What’s more, it now joins a list of just nine other destinations that have previously been awarded with the recognised status of an international dark sky reserve. Thanks to the National Park’s recognised efforts to reduce light pollution in the area and the outstanding quality of the night air it offers, the committee who granted status could hardly refuse! Following the recent announcement at the Dark Sky Institute in Arizona, United States, The successful bid was a welcome early Christmas present for the team at the Welsh park, with chief executive of Snowdonia National Park Authority, Emyr Williams, saying: “receiving this designation is very good news for the residents, businesses, visitors and the wildlife of Snowdonia.” “Unfortunately, the opportunity to enjoy the night sky and its stars is in decline, the living patterns of nocturnal creatures are dwindling and as light pollution is rising, it contributes to these deteriorations. “However, with this designation, the area’s wildlife will be improved, the quality of the environment will be protected, there will be a new natural attraction to attract new visitors to Snowdonia on quiet periods of the year, the local economy will be improved and the dark sky above Snowdonia will be protected for future generations.”  Image: ihopenoonehasthisone under Creative Commons.

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