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Northumberland Coast AONB Dark Sky Site

Dark Sky Status has been awarded to Embleton Quarry Nature Reserve. This designation is given in recognition of excellent dark sky quality and low levels of light pollution.    
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Beadnell Aurora

Gary Woodburn

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Dunstanburgh Lunar Halo

Gary Woodburn

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Dark skies at Embleton Quarry Nature Reserve, looking north, with the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) active. Photograph taken on 21st March 2017.
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Dunstanburgh Milky Way and Aurora

Gary Woodburn

Embleton Quarry is a community owned nature reserve run by local volunteers.
The quarry is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and hosts various interesting habitats, including some rare whin grassland on the whinstone ridges of the old quarry. The quarry is also designated as a Northumberland Coast AONB Dark Sky Site and has dark sky measurements comparable to those found at some Kielder Dark Sky Park sites.
The site has a diverse history. It spent almost 100 years as a functioning whinstone quarry (which ceased in 1961), then from 1970 to 1984 it was a council landfill site. After the landfill closed the quarry was left to nature. In 2017 ownership of the quarry was transferred to Embleton Parish Council to manage as a community owned Local Wildlife Site.
 
The Dark Sky site is on the main path in the quarry and is accessible on foot or by wheelchair from two entrance points from Quakers Row and Whinstone View. Look out for the starry marker! There is plenty of space and flat, surfaced ground. What 3 Words location for the dark sky site: ///plots.router.pioneered. The Quakers Row entrance is at What 3 Words location: ///maps.certainly.season.  
 
It is a great place for stargazing. You can find our more information on the Embleton Quarry Facebook page
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