Dark Skies September Update
The nights are slowly lengthening as we approach the Autumnal Equinox. On the 23rd September, day and night will be of equal length.
ELAN VALLEY WALKING FESTIVAL
The First Elan Valley Walking Festival takes place in the Elan Valley
from 5th to 13th September 2015.
All Events are FREE and All Walks are GUIDED
For further information please click on the link,
or go to our website to the "Whats On" pages for September 2015.
Dark Skies August Update
The sky chart shows the sky at around 10:00pm BST during mid August. Although three planets are shown in the night sky at this time, realistically only Saturn, skulking low in the south-west skies will be easily visible. Neptune, rising in the east in the constellation of Aquarius, will need steady mounted binoculars to detect, and even then will just appear as a point of light.
Elan Valley Estate achieves International Dark Sky Park status in world first
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water's Elan Valley Estate achieves International Dark Sky Park status in world first
Dark Skies July Update
The chart is timed at 22.00hrs for mid July. With the nights still very short, you'll need to be awake very late to get truly dark skies again for this month, but you will still just see the bright pairing of Jupiter and Venus in the evening twilight. As you may have noticed, Venus has “flown” by Jupiter over the past month or so, treating us to a spectacular union at the start of July. Hopefully you've had your cameras out capturing the conjunction.
CAN YOU HELP?
Do you have any old photos of the former Elan Village School?
Or any stories or memories you would like to share?
We would love to hear from you.
We are hoping to have a display of old photos for a Coffee Morning scheduled for Sunday 26th July. See the "Whats On" page for more details.
Please contact the Elan Estate Office on 01597 810449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature Fund Open Day
The Elenydd Purple Moor Grass project is one of 19 successful Welsh Government Nature Fund projects. The Welsh Government's aim was that the Nature Fund projects would help respond to the challenges faced by the wildlife and habitats which were identified in the State of Nature report.
Dark Skies June Update
With mid-summer solstice almost upon us, we won't get truly dark skies this month, so the chart is timed at 22.00 hrs for June.
Charlotte’s Swedish Adventure
This month the Elan Valley Trust's assistant land agent Charlotte Harley joined like-minded agricultural people on a two week excursion to southern Sweden. The trip had been organised by Walford and North Shropshire college under a Leonardo da Vinci mobility project funded by the EU.
Dark Skies May Update
With the lighter evenings, the sky chart is now displayed to view at around 21.30 BST.
Venus and Jupiter still dominate the SW and W skies, but during the first week or so of May, Mercury will be putting in an appearance in the low Western Sky. Try spotting this elusive planet by looking for the Pleiades cluster, and locating the nearby “intruder”. If using binoculars or any form of optical aid, please ensure the sun has set first, before sweeping for Mercury.