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4 of the best places for stargazing in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 09:47 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:47 14 April 2015

Durdle Door - photo by Stephen Banks

Durdle Door - photo by Stephen Banks

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There’s not much better than a clear night sky, right? We’ve rounded up 4 Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserves perfect for stargazing

Upton Heath

Whilst in an urban setting, Upton Heath in Corfe Mullen is a peaceful and undistributed setting to look out for night time wildlife. During the day, you can see views of Poole Harbour, Corfe Castle and Purbeck.

Map Grid Ref: SY989951

Tout Quarry

This DWT managed quarry on Portland overlooks the expanse of the sea looking out over Chesil Beach, Dorset mainland and the Fleet Lagoon. Map Grid Ref: SY690728

Fontmell Down

At the top of this reserve, near Fontmell Magna in north Dorset, there are stunning views over the Blackmore Vale. Standing at the top of the reserve will reveal lots of open space for stargazing. Map ref ST886187

Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common

Set in the hills and vales of west Dorset, night is at its darkest in this area, and you might even spot some bats flying around! Map Grid Ref: ST554990

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Safety: Take care when walking at these nature reserves in the dark – take a torch and wear appropriate footwear as there may be uneven ground. Ideally go with others or let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

For more information visit dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves.

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Light up the Skies with astrophotographer Stephen Banks - The latest craze for night-time photography is proving particularly popular in Dorset because of its uniquely dark skies. This lack of light pollution has provided the launch pad for the stellar career of stargazing photographer Stephen Banks.

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