Noc­tur­nal ram­blings

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - OUR WILD WORLD -

I found Tif­fany Fran­cis’ ar­ti­cle fas­ci­nat­ing (Who’s afraid of the dark? Septem­ber 2019). I en­joy walk­ing in my lo­cal wood­land at night – it’s a dif­fer­ent world, full of mys­ti­cal trees loom­ing out of the dark shad­ows like twisted ghostly be­ings, the eerie scream­ing of foxes con­jur­ing up vi­sions of su­per­nat­u­ral events, and bats flit­ting around my head like phan­toms swooping in and out of sight.

Here in Wales, we also have the Elan Val­ley In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Park, the first pri­vately owned, pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble park in the world to achieve this sta­tus. This 182km2 val­ley is a pro­tected sanc­tu­ary from light pol­lu­tion and it has ex­cep­tional views on starry nights. Sadly, less than 10 per cent of the UK pop­u­la­tion can now see truly dark skies from their homes, due to bad out­door light­ing. Lisa Franklin, Vale of Glam­or­gan

Go­ing for a walk at night can be a mag­i­cal way to see wildlife.

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