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South Downs Dark Skies Festivals

Stargaze in Sussex’s Dark Sky Reserve

Things are looking up on the downs as stargazers across Sussex turn their eyes to the heavens for February’s Dark Skies Festival. This two-week celebration of all things celestial takes you on a journey to the moon and planets, there’s a Facebook Live session and even an astrophotography masterclass. Back down on terra firma, the local wildlife gets a look in as well as we find out which animals come out to play in the dark.

February // South Downs National Park

Chalkland butterflies

Many unusual butterflies haunt the sheep-grazed chalkland of the South Downs. One, the stunning Adonis Blue, is bright azure in the male and chestnut brown in the female. They love steep, south-facing downland slopes.

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