Northumberland becomes Europe's largest dark sky park

  • 9 December 2013
Leah visits Northumberland to see the night skies

The Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest have jointly become the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe.

It means they're now able to control levels of light pollution and make sure the views of the night sky are kept clear.

Nocturnal animals living in the park will also benefit because it means conditions are closer to their natural habitat.

The area will now be called the Northumberland Dark Sky Park.

The area becomes only the second Dark Sky Park in Britain.

Where else can you find dark sky parks?

Natural Bridges National Monument - Utah, USA

Cherry Springs State Park - Pennsylvania, USA

Galloway Forest Park - Scotland

Zselic National Landscape Protection Area - Hungary

Goldendale Observatory Park - Washington, USA

Clayton Lake State Park - New Mexico, USA

Hortobagy National Park - Hungary

Observatory Park - Ohio, USA

The Headlands - Michigan, USA

Big Bend National Park - Texas, USA

Death Valley National Park - California, USA

Chaco Culture National Historical Park - New Mexico, USA