Oxford Island Nature Reserve is located on the shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. Recognized by the International Dark Sky Association as a Dark Sky Discovery Site, the reserve has hosted BBC Stargazing Life and other events. The nature reserve is open to pedestrians at all times, but please note that the gates are locked to vehicles overnight. An EarthSky visitor calls Oxford Island Nature Reserve “the only place in Northern Ireland with recognized Dark Sky status. On the edge of Lough Neagh. Rural area.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.