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.