Free Starry Skies events in February

The Avon and Bristol CPRE has teamed up with the amazing Jo Richardson, UK Space Ambassador and owner of Space Detectives to bring you an exciting programme of free online events which will take place throughout CPRE Star Count (6-14 February).

Star Count is CPRE’s national project to map light pollution. Star-filled skies are one of the most magical sights that nature has to offer, but our research shows that light pollution is leaving fewer stars than ever visible to the naked eye, and we need your help to track how light levels are changing. We’ll be asking you to choose a clear night between 6-14 February 2021 and look to the skies to see how many stars you can spot within the Orion constellation. Don’t worry, we’ll give you guidance so you know where to look. Anyone can take part in Star Count from their own home, whether from your garden, balcony or window. It’s a perfect lockdown activity! Sign up here and receive a free activity pack to download.


To help you get started with star gazing and the Star Count, we are running 8 free online events. We have 4 live workshops for children and families (suitable for KS1/KS2) and 4 events for adults and older children. Workshops for children are limited to 35 spaces, and events for adults and older children have more space. We’re giving members and supporters of CPRE Avon and Bristol priority booking this week only, so book now, as these details will be shared with the wider CPRE membership next week. The events are available for anyone to book, though we would be delighted if you felt able to make a donation.  At the same time, you might want to consider signing up to the CPRE Star Count take part in our national ‘citizen scientist’ research project.

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