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Dark Sky Defender

I was lucky enough to attend the excellent International Dark-skies Association conference in New Jersey, USA, last weekend, and meet many of the amazing people who work to set up Dark Sky Places and combat bad lighting around the world.

I was very chuffed to be awarded the IDA’s “Dark Sky Defender 2011” award for my work in setting up Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, and Sark Dark Sky Island, as well as helping others (such as Exmoor National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and North Ronaldsay in Orkney) move towards Dark Sky status.

Me (middle) receiving my Dark Sky Defender award from IDA's Executive Director Bob Parks (R), and President Robert Wagner (L)

At the conference I was particularly impressed by the work being done in Geauga Park, Ohio, in their Dark Sky Park:

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