CPRE Star Count 2022: It’s time to count!

26th February 2022

It’s time to count!

To celebrate the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme Starry Starry Nights project and Cranborne Chase AONB’s International Dark Sky Reserve designation we’re supporting the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Star Count.

Knowlton Church under a starry sky
Knowlton Church in Cranborne Chase AONB. Photo: Paul Howell @Pictor Images


CPRE’s Star Count is taking place between 26 February – 6 March 2022.

You can become a ‘citizen scientist’ by choosing a clear night between 26 February and 6 March 2022 and count the stars you see within the Orion constellation. It’s easy to do, and you don’t need a telescope, binoculars or any other special equipment. Simply get comfortable, look up and reconnect with the wonder of the cosmos.

Over millenia humans have gazed at the stars above us, and created legends and culture around them, finding constellations and meaning in the dark night skies. Our own galaxy, The Milky Way, can be seen clearly on a dark night, a bold strip of light across the sky, but for many light pollution means that this is a rare sight.

That’s why we’re supporting Star Count. So get the whole family together and enjoy the beautiful Starry Starry Nights.

How to take part in Star Count 2022

Taking part in Star Count will help CPRE create a map of where star-spotters are enjoying dark skies, and showing where light pollution is most serious so they can work with local councils to take action.

Your results from Star Count will help us make a map of where star-spotters are enjoying deep, dark skies. By showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, we can work with local councils and others to decide what to do about it

To find out more visit : https://www.cpre.org.uk/starcount


Starry Starry Nights

The Chase & Chalke Starry Starry Nights project is training new volunteer Community Dark Sky Custodians, providing them with the knowledge and skills to share their enthusiasm for the myriad of sparkling stars with others. We’re also supporting local communities to help them create and lead stargazing evenings with free training in monitoring their local dark skies.

Community Dark Sky Custodians will learn about the multiple benefits of dark skies; benefits to human health, wildlife, saving money and carbon by reducing unnecessary lighting. We are providing free training to volunteers in taking Sky Quality Meter (SQM) readings to record and measure light pollution.

The project will encourage the identification of local ‘Dark Sky Discovery Sites’ for regular stargazing evenings and events enabling sharing of community knowledge, enthusiasm and pride in their dark skies.

Tourism businesses will be offered free training in how sharing their knowledge and interest in dark skies could add value to their businesses by offering tailor-made ‘Dark Sky’ packages to visitors, encouraging increased visitor wonder, knowledge and enjoyment, becoming ‘Dark Sky Friendly’ operations themselves and encourage others to do likewise.

If you’d like to learn more check out the Starry Starry Nights project page and to volunteer register as a volunteer on the Chase & Chalke Volunteer Hub

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