Dark Sky Activities, Mabie Forest


26th November 2018

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As part of our Dumfries & Galloway in four seasons events, a group of befrienders and young people met at Mabie Forest to take part in some dark sky activities with ranger, Elizabeth Tindal.

Everyone was issued with a head torch and instructed to turn it to a red light, to allow our eyes to adjust to the dark. Using a lazer pointer Elizabeth identified some of the stars that were just visible through the clouds.

We walked through the forest to a field, where we turned off the torches and attempted to experience the dark and stillness – not easy for some!  After walking through a forest trail, we gathered under a shelter, split into groups, working together to making  rockets, using plastic bottles, tape and lights. Each group got the chance to set off their rocket, using a track pump, to a cheering crowd.

One befriender said, “it was a fantastic night and my young person thinks it’s the best thing we’ve done together so far!”

Dark Sky Activity Night

Thank you to the Befrienders and young people for the above photos.

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