It has come to my attention that this week is Star Count Week 2011 — a project organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the Campaign for Dark Skies.
This may be of interest to DMC members.
Here is an audio slideshow providing background on the ill-effect of light pollution:
But beware [exclamation mark removed] The soundtrack becomes disturbingly exciting.
Official website for Star Count Week 2011:
Thanks for this.
Counting stars — fine Safe Excitement indeed.
This photo from one of the links you provided is a helpful picture of the playing field — the Orion Rectangle — for the star counting: