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Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor Dark Skies map

We are extremely proud to have been designated the very first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe in 2011. At the time only the second such designation in the world.

An International Dark Sky Reserve is a 'land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and/or public enjoyment'. Reserves are designated by the International Dark Skies Association following a rigorous application process. Further details about our designation, including links to our application and lighting management plan, can be found on the International Dark Skies Association website.

For some national guidance on lighting and understanding light pollution including advice for Exmoor businesses and domestic users read Towards a Dark Sky Standard here.

Exmoor's Dark Sky Reserve consists of a core area meeting minimum criteria for sky quality and natural darkness, and a peripheral area that supports dark sky preservation in the core.

Dark Sky Places Annual Report

We work with our partners to celebrate and protect our dark skies as a unique special quality of Exmoor. Each year we report of the International Dark Sky Association on our progress to promote and protect Exmoor’s beautiful dark night time skies.

Dark Sky Places Report 2021

Dark Sky Places Report 2020

Dark Sky Places Report 2019

Dark Sky Places Report 2018

Dark Sky Places Report 2017

Dark Sky Places Report 2016

Dark Sky Places Report 2015