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Ecological benefits of part-night lighting revealed

Night-time pollinators benefit from street lights being switched off in the middle of the night.

our study suggests that turning off street lights in the middle of the night is a win-win scenario, saving energy and money for local authorities whilst simultaneously helping our nocturnal wildlife

Callum Macgregor, University of York

Switching off street lights to save money and energy could have a positive knock-on effect on our nocturnal pollinators, according to new research.

A study, led by experts from Newcastle and York universities, along with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Butterfly Conservation, has shown that turning off the lights even for just part of the night is effective at restoring the natural behaviour of moths.



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