Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Spread Eagle Hill, Shaftesbury, SP7 0DT

Location description

Car park used by day to access the local nature reserve and by night offers fantastic panoramic views of the skies above.  The location has been recommended for stargazing by Cranbourne Chase AONB who are applying for the region to become a Dark Sky Reserve.


Location event organiser

Chasing Stars organises stargazing events at this location.


Recommended stargazing site

This location has been recommended as a great place to stargaze by the local authority, parks provider or property owner. May require payment for access or parking.


Tonight's weather forecast

18/10/17
19:00
13°
6%
18/10/17
22:00
12°
9%
19/10/17
01:00
13°
18%
19/10/17
04:00
13°
11%
Weather forecast for Fontmell Magna (1.48 miles away) updated 18/10/17 at 00:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location.

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When to visit

The best time to visit Fontmell Down Nature Reserve can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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