Explore the Dark Side of Buriton

Posted on Sat, 02/09/2017 - 11:16pm

Buriton is a great place to enjoy the best free light show that there is - with twinkling stars and bright planets scattered across the sky. How can we help to protect this?

A new leaflet has been produced for parishioners which explains that, in such a busy part of the country, Buriton is a special place: part of a small area where you can see the Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Orion Nebula.

An International Dark Sky Reserve has been created: one of only 11 in the whole world.

The leaflet, which is being distributed to every household in the parish with the Autumn edition of the Parish Magazine, explains why dark night skies are important for wildlife – and it contains a number of ‘top tips’ to protect our dark skies.

Lights should only shine where needed (downwards and shielded from neighbouring homes etc); they should only shine when needed (lighting is often not needed for most of the night); and sensible wattages should be used (a 40W light will adequately illuminate the average driveway and garden).

Other tips and more information about star-gazing can be found in the leaflet – and a copy is attached at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to find out more about star-gazing events in Buriton, send a message by using the “Contact” button at the top of this website.