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Snowdonia's dark skies status bid

Snowdonia's bid for Dark Sky Reserve status, meaning it would be protected from light pollution, is gathering pace. The first of a series of public drop-in sessions is being held tonight.

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Volunteers from the Snowdonia Society and others have been recording night light, and lighting specialists were commissioned to conduct a lights survey in Snowdonia.

The society says, with the help of volunteers, and hours of surveying, it was concluded that Snowdonia has a true potential as a dark sky tourist destination, and the dark sky in Snowdonia is extremely valuable and therefore the Authority should protect it.

We can’t ignore the benefits of being an area which has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. The area’s wildlife will be protected, the quality of the environment will be improved, and there will be a new natural attraction to draw new visitors to Snowdonia during quiet periods of the year. This in turn will improve the local economy and the dark sky of Snowdonia will be protected for future generations.

– Jonathan Cawley, Snowdonia National Park Authority


Police seek missing person in Snowdonia

Phone app helps find lost walkers in Snowdonia

A smartphone app was used to find a man and woman who got lost in poor visibility and then darkness high on a Snowdonia peak.

At 7.30pm on Saturday night, Aberdyfi search and rescue team were alerted to two lost walkers, in their 20s and from Birmingham, on Cadair Idris, near Dolgellau. One had an injured knee.

A small party of mountain rescuers made their way directly to the location after their mobile phone position was pinpointed. The pair were escorted down the mountain to Gwernan lake, which rescuers said was a slow process because of the tussock and gorse-covered hillside, and everyone was off the near-3,000ft peak by 11pm.

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