Photo: Night sky over the thousand-year-old Knowlton Church on Cranborne Chase (Nigel Ball)

The Cranborne Chase AONB, the darkest place in south central England, is aiming to protect and develop its starry skies by way of an International Dark-Sky Association reserve status bid.

The Wessex Astronomical Society and the BAA Commission for Dark Skies are helping with sky measurements, public awareness events and literature. Click here for more information.

Photo: Night sky over the thousand-year-old Knowlton Church on Cranborne Chase (Nigel Ball) .

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