Dark skies filled with stars are one of the most magical sights our countryside has to offer, but light pollution often ruins our experience of it. CPRE, the countryside charity, needs your help to track how light levels are changing. Could you take become a ‘citizen scientist’ and take part in the Star Count, a cosmic census to map light pollution?

We’ll be sending further details a bit nearer the time. Don’t worry, we’ll give lots of guidance so you know where to look! We’ll be asking you to choose a clear night between 6-14 February 2021 and look to the skies to see how many stars you can spot within Orion. It’s a great, easy piece of stargazing – no telescopes required – for children and adults, and it can be done safely from your garden, balcony or even bedroom window.

Cannock Chase is the least dark of England’s 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), due to its proximity to built-up areas. However, the central core of the Chase is still a relative oasis of darkness for people to enjoy compared to the surrounding conurbations. We hope the results of this year’s Star Count will give us a better idea of the extent of light pollution around the AONB.

Find out more here:

Sign up for Star Count 2021 (cpre.org.uk)

Star Count 2021 – CPRE Staffordshire

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