The success of Cumbria’s third Dark Skies Festival, held earlier in November, shows that people want to get outside and experience nature and wildlife in the dark, says Friends of the Lake District.

Among the events, the night rockpooling event was so popular that Cumbria Wildlife Trust are planning to hold it again in December, and the Moonwatch with the Eddington Astronomical Society will be postponed until early January.

Andrea Simpson, of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, said: "Enjoying the night-time environment involves an element of awe and respect for these creatures of the night.

"Fortunately many of our nature reserves are intrinsically dark places where wildlife is unaffected by light pollution, so what better places to explore with friends and family."