The so called Dark Sky institute in Arizona (USA) has given Snowdonia National Park the prestigious Dark Sky status and has therefore been granted special protection to prevent light polution at night.


One of only ten!

Snowdonia has hereby become only one of ten destinations in the world that have been granted the Dark Sky status.

As you may have guessed, the status means that the night sky is clean and crisp on a clear night and lots stars can be seen with the naked  eye without the hindrance of light pollution from large cities or towns.

Emyr Williams, chief executive of Snowdonia National Park Authority, says that receiving the designation is really good news for both wildlife, tourists and residents of the area’.

Thanks to the new status the declining wildlife in the area might improve over time as the overall quality of the park will be more closely monitored and regulated from now on.


If you’re wondering, here’s the complete list of the Dark Sky destinations in the world. Yup Wales is in there two time now ;-)

  • Aoraki Mackenzie (New Zealand)
  • Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales)
  • National Park Exmoor (England)
  • Kerry (Ireland)
  • Mont-Megantic (Quebec)
  • Nature Reserve NamibRand (Namibia)
  • Pic du Midi (France)
  • Rhon (Germany)
  • Snowdonia National Park (Wales)
  • Westhavelland (Germany)