Dark skies and dark landscapes

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Norfolk is one of England’s most rural counties and its dark landscapes and dark skies are a defining part of its rural character, deserving protection. Yet this special quality is under threat. Light pollution is caused by poorly designed or unnecessary light shining wastefully where it is not needed… and it is increasing.

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A series of star count surveys carried out by CPRE, together with the Campaign for Dark Skies has shown that light pollution is spreading across the county and fewer and fewer areas in Norfolk can be considered truly ‘dark’. This increase in light pollution results from an acceleration in the rate of development and a proliferation of security lighting.

View the resources below to see how light pollution is affecting your area.

Star Count 2021: explore what we learned
Results of the 2020 Star Count including an interactive map
CPRE’s interactive maps of England’s light pollution and dark skies

What CPRE Norfolk is doing

CPRE Norfolk actively campaigns to reduce light pollution in the Norfolk countryside.

We work with planners, councils, architects, Norfolk Constabulary, the Highways Agency, lighting engineers, businesses and householders to ensure they are aware of the problems caused by unnecessary, inappropriate and excessive lighting.

By applying our recommendations, they will know how to address these problems.

Read our Light Pollution Position Statement

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