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The South West Lakes team at Wimbleball Lake is delighted to have been accredited with one of the first Dark Sky Friendly Business awards, as part of a scheme run by Exmoor National Park Authority.

Boasting some of the darkest skies in the UK, Exmoor National Park is Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve and is a popular destination for stargazing. The awards recognise businesses who understand the importance of dark skies and have taken steps to enable visitors to engage with nature through the special experience of stargazing, in turn supporting astro-tourism across Exmoor National Park.

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Our team at Wimbleball Lake received expert training from astronomy and stargazing professionals Go Stargazing and Space Detectives, learning how to help visitors make the most of Exmoor’s incredible night skies. From sleeping under the stars on a stargazing break at the campsite to attending astro-adventure events, a visit to Wimbleball is unforgettable, especially for visitors from light polluted cities who may never have experienced the unique sight of a vast starry sky.

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Lisa Tame, Director of Environment and Engagement at South West Lakes, said:

“We are delighted to have been accredited as a Dark Sky Friendly organisation. As a conservation charity, we work hard to protect our dark skies. We are proactive in minimising and reducing the effects of light pollution at Wimbleball to protect this special place, in addition to conserving the landscape and habitats surrounding the lake for nocturnal wildlife and those animals that rely on dark skies. The specialist training provided as part of the scheme has been invaluable in enhancing this work.”

Katrina Munro, Economy Project Officer at Exmoor National Park Authority said, “We are delighted to have been able to provide dark skies support and training to the staff at Wimbleball Lake. The site is ideal for stargazing and experiencing the wonders of nocturnal wildlife. The award demonstrates their ability and commitment to helping visitors learn more about the importance of our dark skies and how to stargaze. With the added benefit of camping, it’s an ideal place to stay too.”