Dark skies

Four people stargazing silhouetted against the milky way

Starry skies are one of the most magical sights the countryside can offer.

Light pollution not only limits our views of these skies, but also disrupts wildlife’s natural patterns. We want to reclaim our dark skies.

In 2022 CPRE’s annual Star Count will be held Saturday 26 February to Sunday 6 March. Sign up now to take part.


CPRE dark skies map of Bedfordshire


Find out how dark the skies near you are using CPRE’s interactive maps. The best places to spot the stars in Bedfordshire are to the north and west of Bedford – across the Great Ouse Valley.

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