The Wye Valley Society AGM will be on Monday 27th February 2023 from 7.30pm to 9pm at Walford Village Hall near Ross-on-Wye.
Cllr Yolande Watson, Herefordshire Councillor for Kerne Bridge, will be delivering an engaging presentation on the Kerne Bridge Dark Skies Project. Volunteers across her ward have been measuring light pollution since May last year. This information has been analysed and mapped showing green telescopes (slight light pollution), amber (moderate) and red (severe) which can be seen on the Wye Valley Society website: www.wyevalleysociety.org.uk. Local residents who live in Whitchurch and The Doward are out and about this week measuring light pollution levels. The photograph shows how light pollution can clearly be seen on The Doward.
Yolande will share why she started the project, what volunteers have been doing and what’s next. Light pollution is a growing problem across the Wye Valley, the UK and the globe. Many don’t realise light glow and trespass negatively affect night time pollinators (moths and bats) and the biological clock of humans.
If you enjoy the night sky – CPRE is looking for citizen scientists to participate in their nationwide Star Count – a cosmic census to map light pollution – from 17th – 24th February: Sign up for Star Count 2023 (cpre.org.uk)
If you want to learn more about the Kerne Bridge Dark Skies Project – go along to the Wye Valley Society AGM on Monday 27th February at 7.30pm at Walford Village Hall near Ross-on-Wye