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Campaign for Dark Skies


Campaign for Dark Skies

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The Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) is the United Kingdom's largest anti-light-pollution campaign group forming part of the international dark-sky movement.

It is run by the British Astronomical Association[1] (BAA) and affiliated with the International Dark-Sky Association[2] (IDA), and composed of a network of local officers (and other members) who try to improve lighting in their areas and advise local people.

The campaign was founded in 1989 by amateur astronomers as a sub-section of the BAA specialising in combatting skyglow.[3] It is now open to non-members of the BAA, includes lighting engineers and environmentalists, and campaigns on the wider effects of light pollution.


  • Legislation 1
  • Dark Sky Park, Island and Reserve 2
  • Publications 3
  • Conferences 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


CfDS's work with the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on legislating against light pollution has resulted in the government including provisions in their Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.[4][5]

Dark Sky Park, Island and Reserve

Members of the CfDS have been involved in the following International Dark-Sky Association designations:


In 2009, the CfDS published its handbook Blinded by the Light?.[10]


  • CfDS 2006: Dark-Skies Symposium, Portsmouth, UK, September 15–16, 2006.
  • Exterior lighting, statutory nuisance and light pollution, De Montfort University, April, 2006.
  • Planning, Exterior Lighting and the Environment, De Montfort University, 20 April 2012.


  1. ^ British Astronomical Association
  2. ^ International Dark-Sky Association
  3. ^ About the Campaign for Dark Skies
  4. ^ Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 c. 16 Part 9 Statutory nuisances Section 102
  5. ^ Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 c. 16 Part 9 Statutory nuisances Section 103
  6. ^ Forest park given Dark Sky honour
  7. ^ Sark Island and Hortobágy National Park Earn Dark Sky Status From the International Dark-Sky Association
  8. ^ Lights Out: Tiny Sark Named First 'Dark-Sky' Island
  9. ^ International Dark Sky Reserve - Exmoor National Park
  10. ^ handbook descriptionBlinded by the Light?


  • Campaign for Dark Skies, Blinded by the Light - A Handbook on light pollution, Campaign for Dark Skies, 2009.
  • Mizon, Bob, Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies, Springer, 2002. ISBN 1-85233-497-5
  • Mizon, Bob, Light Pollution - Responses and Remedies, 2nd Edition, Springer, 2012. ISBN 1-46143-821-7
  • Mizon, Bob, "20 years of fighting for the stars", Astronomy Now, September 2009. pp28–31
  • Philip's, in association with the BAA Campaign for Dark Skies, Dark Skies Map, Philip's, 2004. ISBN 0-540-08612-6
  • Tubb, Michael, "Where are the UK's darkest skies", Astronomy Now, November 2004. pp75–6 (Article on the production of the Philip's Dark Skies Map.)
  • Various authors, "Focus - Light Pollution", Astronomy Now, April 2001. pp49–59

External links

  • Official website
  • The CfDS's online image library
  • CfDS - Facebook
  • CfDS - Twitter
  • CfDS on Google+
  • Light Pollution and Astronomy - House of Commons Report, 2003. (pdf)
  • Conference Proceedings
CfDS 2006 (pdf)
Exterior lighting, statutory nuisance and light pollution, DeMontfort University, April, 2006
Light Pollution: Causes and effects (pdf)
Exterior Lighting as a Statutory Nuisance (pdf)
Is Lighting Needed to reduce Crime? (pdf)
Effective use of lighting as a crime deterrent (pdf)
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