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Stargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting the forest after dark this winter. As the sun sets behind the trees and the stars appear above, the forest becomes a magical place to visit. 

What is tonight's cloud cover in your nearest forest?

Cloud layer data supplied by the Met Office

Stargazing tips and resources

See the starsOur top stargazing forests

Plan your visit and check our top forests and events with real star-quality. The low levels of light pollution in our forests make the night sky amazing to behold.

See the starsBeginner's stargazing guide

Bring the night to life with the beginner's stargazing guide, produced in association with BBC Sky at Night Magazine, and packed full of amazing tips and techniques.

See the starsHow to take stunning night sky photos

Photos of the night sky are jaw-dropping when executed perfectly. Check out our top tips for taking stunning night-sky photos and enter our photo competition.

Last updated: 22nd June 2017

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.