Cranborne Chase first entire AONB to be a dark sky reserve
The night sky above parts of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset has been designated an international dark sky reserve.
Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is only the 14th such area in the world to be certified.
The status is awarded by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to areas which offer "exceptional starry skies".
It is the first AONB in the country to be designated in its entirety.
The IDA status, which took Cranborne Chase AONB 10 years to achieve, means controls are in place to prevent light pollution.