Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Dark sky success for Isle of Man

Northern Lights, Isle of Man
Image caption The Northern Lights were recently photographed by Dave Thornley from Ballaugh beach in the west of the island

Several Manx sites have been granted Dark Sky status by an international body which recognises star-gazing locations around the world.

The areas recognised by the Dark Sky Association include Smeale Nature Reserve, Niarbyl and The Sound.

The classification is given to promote astronomy and energy efficiency.

Director of Manx National Heritage (MNH) Edmund Southworth said the island now has the largest concentration of dark skies sites in Britain.

Other areas on the island given the status are Port Soderick Brooghs, Axnfell Plantation Fort Island and Sulby Reservoir Car Park.

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