Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory‘s bid to make Bodmin Moor a Dark Skies Reserve has been well received by the county astronomy group and wildlife trusts.

The International Dark Sky designaton would give the Cornish region national recognition for the exceptional quality of its night sky.

This is particularly interesting after BBC Radio Cornwall identified that most children will grow up without having seen the Milky Way.

Truthfal spoke to Fred Deakin, 51, member of the Cornwall Astronomy Society, who stated: “I definitely sleep better in dark skies.

“And we know that blue light from iPads, TVs and other things do change the chemical reactions inside the brain that disrupts our sleeping patters,”

Other benefits include helping nocturnal wildlife, including bats or birds navigate during night time.

Roger Hooper, leader of Cornwall’s RSPB local members group, told Truthfal: “It certainly helps birds because we know through experiments over the years that they use the stars to migrate.”

Both the chairman of the Cornwall Astronomy Society and Hooper said individuals should invest in down-wards facing lights to ensure Cornwall maintains its small emission of light pollution.

Penzance Station have recently installed floor facing LED lights in a move by the South Western Railway to become more environmentally friendly.


Starry Sky photography by Max Thomson