Buriton is a special place in the South Downs International Dark Skies Reserve
Buriton is one of only a handful of ‘Dark Skies Discovery Sites’ in the National Park – which is why everyone is encouraged to minimise unnecessary external lighting and ensure that any lights only send light downwards (not up or out).
The National Park's on-line Festival in February 2021 highlighted people’s personal experiences of starry skies, and how to make the most of the view from your garden or on a local walk.
If you missed any of the fascinating events you can watch a number of videos here. Features in the Festival included:
- live tours of the night sky from the South Downs Planetarium
- learning about the wildlife that comes out at night
- exploring how the night sky boosts our well–being and the sense of our place in the universe by live interviews with authors Jo Marchant and Tiffany Baker
- a new short film on the journey to become an International Dark Skies Reserve
- show casing the winning photographs from the astrophotography competition
- a big Dark Skies Quiz, running throughout the fortnight, with the opportunity to win a telescope
- Pinterest boards on Gardening for Nocturnal Wildlife and the Folklore of the constellations
- short films and tips about what we can do to preserve our Dark Night Skies.