Stargaze with the experts at one of Devon Wildlife Trust’s most spectacular nature reserves

Friday 24th March 2017

Orange moon by Neil BygraveMoon - Neil Bygrave

Join Devon Wildlife Trust and the North Devon Astronomical Society for an evening of stargazing at one of the charity’s naturally dark nature reserves, Meeth Quarry.

Located in rural Devon away from bright city lights, Meeth Quarry nature reserve provides remarkable sights of the night sky and the stars. Held at dusk on Friday 31 March, the event will give the public the opportunity to learn about constellations, planets, and stars from the experts at the North Devon Astronomical Society.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Events Officer, Jo Pullin, said:

North Devon Astronomical Society“We’re really looking forward to hosting another stargazing event at Meeth Quarry – it really is a fantastic place to observe the skies and witness our stunning stars and planets. The moon will be four days old – providing the weather is good – we’ll see a crescent moon, hopefully Mars in the west and possibly a glimpse of Mercury, along with a range of beautiful constellations.

“We’re inviting people to come along from dusk onwards and we’re asking that people bring torches with red film covers, binoculars or telescopes, wear sturdy footwear and wrap up warm, as it can get very chilly. There’s no need to book so just come along if you’re interested.”

Wrap up warm

Hot drinks will be available and the charity is asking for a £2 donation per adult and under 16 year olds will be able to attend for free, all funds raised will go to Devon Wildlife Trust. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check the weather before this event as it will be cancelled if there is cloud cover. Devon Wildlife Trust will announce if the event is cancelled on their Twitter @DevonWildlife and on the event listing on their website.

Meeth Quarry nature reserve is on the southern edge of the village of Meeth on the A386 between Hatherleigh and Great Torrington. Follow the access road for half a mile and the car park is on the left. Nearest postcode is EX20 3EP.

For more information on Devon Wildlife Trust events please visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org/whats-on