Kerne Bridge Dark Skies Project

Kerne Bridge Dark Skies Project

In March 2022 the Wye Valley Society received a Nature and Climate Change Grant from Herefordshire Council to deliver a Dark Skies Project in part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The aim of the project was raise understanding through an awareness campaign, public events and an education programme to combat light pollution in Walford first and then move on to Goodrich, Welsh Bicknor, Whitchurch, The Dowards and Ganarew.

Lighting accounts for nearly 6% of the global CO2 emissions and 20% of the electricity used worldwide. Inefficient lighting wastes over £1bn a year in the UK alone.

The Dark Skies Project worked with local volunteers to deliver a year-long project - engaging local primary schools, children and their parents to observe and record light pollution with an aim to inform the development of appropriate policy in the Wye Valley AONB and Herefordshire Council.

In  September 2023 volunteers in the parish of Walford carried out a survey in September:results map here. Green telescopes = mild light pollution, Amber telescopes = moderate light pollution and Red = severe light pollution.

This was followed in November 2022 with a survey in Goodrich.  results map here

And finally the project surveyed the parish of Whitchurch & Ganarew.  results map here

There is also a consolidated map here 

If you would like more information about the project  please email