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Covid-19: Strengthened tier system for England after lockdown

A tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will come into force in England when the lockdown ends on 2 December, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson is expected to set out his plan - including details of how families can see different households at Christmas - to MPs on Monday.

More areas are set to be placed into the higher tiers to keep the virus under control, and some tiers will be strengthened to safeguard lockdown progress.

It is not yet clear exactly how restrictions could change. Full details of the so-called "Covid winter plan" are expected on Monday, after cabinet discussions on Sunday.

Some local measures will be the same as those in the previous three tier system, used in England to tackle the spread of coronavirus up until the current lockdown began.

This is great news do us in Cornwall and we hope to be able to welcome guests back from 3rd December onwards.

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and plastic cotton buds comes into force 1st October

The much awaited ban on supplying plastic straws and stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds has finally come into force in England Thursday 1 October, marking yet another major step in the fight against single-use plastic waste to protect our environment and clean up our oceans.

Just one month after ministers confirmed the single-use plastic bag charge would be increased to 10p and extended to all retailers, today’s commencement of the ban will further ensure the country builds back greener.

It is estimated we use 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers, and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England every year, many of which find their way into our ocean. By banning the supply of these items, we can further protect our marine wildlife and move one step closer to our ambition of eliminating all avoidable plastic waste, as set out in our 25 Year Environment Plan.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

Single-use plastics cause real devastation to the environment and this government is firmly committed to tackling this issue head on.

We are already a world-leader in this global effort. Our 5p charge on single-use plastic bags has successfully cut sales by 95% in the main supermarkets, we have banned microbeads, and we are building plans for a deposit return scheme to drive up the recycling of single-use drinks containers.

The ban on straws, stirrers and cotton buds is just the next step in our battle against plastic pollution and our pledge to protect our ocean and the environment for future generations.

While making this important step to help the environment, disabled people and those with medical conditions will also be protected, and will be able to request a plastic straw when visiting a pub or restaurant and purchase them from pharmacies.

It is estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean globally every year, which has produced many scenes of marine wildlife being injured or killed by plastic waste. The UK is leading on a wide programme of overseas engagements, including through the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance and the Commonwealth Litter Programme, aiming to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean in the first place.

The government is also committed to launching a £500 million Blue Planet Fund to protect the ocean from plastic pollution, warming sea temperatures and overfishing.

Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society, said:

It’s fantastic news that the ban on plastic cotton bud sticks, stirrers and straws is now in place. The results of our annual Great British Beach Clean have shown a decrease in cotton bud sticks littering British beaches.

In 2017 we found an average of 31 cotton bud sticks per 100 metres of beach, and in 2019 we found just eight on beaches in England. This reflects that many companies have already made the switch away from plastic, in cotton buds and other items, something we need to see more companies doing.

Only with ambitious policy and forward-thinking brands and companies, can we truly stop the plastic tide.

Other key government actions on plastics include a world-leading ban on microbeads, consulting on introducing a deposit return scheme to drive up the recycling of single-use drinks containers, and committing to a ban on the export of polluting plastic waste to non-OECD countries. As announced recently, the 5p charge on single-use bags will be doubled to 10p and extended to all retailers from April 2021.

The government will also introduce a new world-leading tax on plastic packaging which does not meet a minimum threshold of at least 30% recycled content from April 2022 to encourage greater use of recycled plastic.

Further guidance for businesses is available on

Latest Covid-19 advice for UK travellers from September 2020

Below are verbatim extracts from Government FAQs following the changes announced on 22 September 2020.  It is hoped they will help our existing guests and those thinking of visiting us.  It is not an exhaustive list and more details can be found on the Government website at

Some of these new restrictions will be set out in the law and guidance. The police and other enforcement officers are able to issue penalties to those that don’t comply with law.

Can I visit people indoors?

Yes. When meeting with people you don’t live with you can socialise in groups of up to 6. This is a legal limit. If your household (and/or support bubble) is larger than 6 people, you can gather together.

You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with. There is further guidance on meeting others safely, which includes details of exemptions from this limit, including for larger households and support bubbles.

How many people am I allowed to meet with outdoors?

When meeting with people you don’t live with (or who you have not formed a support bubble with) you can socialise in groups of up to 6. If your household (and/or support bubble) is larger than 6 people, this is your largest permitted group and you cannot meet as a group with any additional people.

You should continue to maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with. There is further guidance on meeting with others safely, which includes details of exemptions from this limit, including for larger households and support bubbles.

Are children counted in the group of 6?


Can weddings and civil partnership ceremonies go ahead?

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions must only take place in COVID-19 Secure venues or in public outdoor spaces. From 28 September, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must be sit down meals. Anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.

Within these larger gatherings, people do not need to limit their interaction to groups of 6, but social distancing should still be followed between people not in the same household or support bubble.

See further guidance on wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships.

When can I gather in groups of more than 6?

If you live in a household with more than 6 people, you can continue to gather in and attend all settings together. This same applies for your support bubble. All venues should continue to accommodate groups larger than 6 who live together or are in the same support bubble.

Where a group includes someone covered by one of these exemptions, they are not counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, that a tradesperson can go into a household of six without breaching the limit if they are there for work.

Does this mean that no more than six people can be in a pub, restaurant or place of worship at once?

Venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6 (unless you are all from the same household or support bubble). When you visit one of these places, such as a pub, shop, leisure venue, restaurant or place of worship you should:

·       follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group (it will be illegal to be in a group of more than six from outside of your household or support bubble). If your household and/or support bubble is larger than 6 people, this is your largest permitted group and you cannot meet as a group with any additional people.

·       avoid mingling with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know

·       provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme

·       wear a face covering (except for when eating and drinking)

Can I have a celebration for significant or ceremonial life events, other than weddings?

As of 28 September, the rule of six will apply to standalone religious and belief-based life cycle ceremonies, such as stone setting ceremonies or wakes. This means that these events must be limited to 6 attendees.

Events like christenings and bar/bat mitzvahs can take place as part of a larger gathering within communal worship provided that groups of more than 6 do not mingle.

How will the new rules on gatherings be enforced?

The police will be able to enforce these legal limits, and if you break them you could face a fine (fixed penalty notice) of £200, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400.

Hospitality businesses are also required to ensure there are no unlawful gatherings in their premises. Any breaches are liable of a fine of up to £10,000. 

Visiting public places and taking part in activities

Are there restrictions on how far I can travel?

No. You can travel irrespective of distance, but you should take hygiene and safety precautions if using services on the way.

You can use public transport but it is better to travel in other ways if possible. It is difficult to socially distance during car journeys and transmission of coronavirus can occur in this context. So avoid travelling with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing.

Further guidance on car sharing is available. If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers. When travelling on public transport you are legally required to wear a face covering.

If visiting other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – you must adhere to the laws and guidance of the devolved administrations at all times. If you wish to travel internationally, you should follow the laws of other countries and FCDO international travel advice. Upon return to the UK, you must by law self-isolate for 14 days, unless you have come from one of the countries listed here, and you are required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK. This is crucial to help to ensure the virus does not spread across borders.

Are day trips ok?

Yes, day trips to outdoor open space are allowed. You should take hygiene and safety precautions if using services on the way. You should practise social distancing from other people outside your household or support bubble. You should walk or cycle if you can, however where this is not possible, you can use public transport or drive. If you do use public transport, you must wear a face covering and should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

Can I go on holiday? 


However, you should not go on holiday in England with people you do not live with (or who are not in your support bubble) in a group larger than 6 people. Doing so is against the law. You should ensure you maintain social distancing with anyone you do not live with or is not in your support bubble.

If you are in a support bubble, or if the group consists solely of people you live with, you can stay overnight without needing to maintain social distancing. People in the same support bubble can also gather together indoors even if the group size is more than 6.

Take particular care to maintain excellent hygiene – washing hands and surfaces – and avoid using shared facilities like bathrooms wherever possible.

What happens if I become unwell while on holiday in England?

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) while staying in overnight accommodation you should inform the accommodation provider immediately, self-isolate where you are to minimise any risk of transmission, and request a test by calling 119 or online at If your test is positive you should return home as quickly and directly as possible. You should use private transport but only drive yourself if you are well enough to do so safely and can avoid contact with others on your journey home.

Avoid using public transport in order to reduce the spread of the virus. If you cannot avoid using public transport, you should continue to self-isolate in your accommodation and call 111 for further advice.

In most cases, it will not be possible to self-isolate at your holiday accommodation. In these cases, you should make arrangements to travel home as safely as possible, while minimising the risk of infecting others.

It may be possible for you to agree with the accommodation provider to extend your stay in order to self-isolate until you are well enough to travel. Unless otherwise provided for in the contractual terms of the booking, you will be expected to pay the costs of an extended stay in all but exceptional circumstances.

Once home, you should continue to follow the government guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

What if I can’t travel home?

If you feel so unwell that you cannot travel, or if you cannot avoid using public transport, (for example because you do not have the means to travel via private transport), you should call 111 and ask to discuss your circumstances with an appropriate health care professional.

What happens if I am on holiday in England and I am contacted by NHS Test and Trace?

If NHS Test and Trace contacts you while you are on holiday to tell you that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, you should tell your accommodation provider immediately and make arrangements to return home as quickly and directly as you can.

You should self-isolate for 14 days from the last day you had contact with the person who tested positive, even if you remain well. If you cannot avoid using public transport to get home, you should continue to self-isolate where you are staying and call 111 for advice.

If it is agreed with the accommodation provider that you can extend your stay in order to self-isolate until you are able to make safe travel arrangements, unless otherwise provided for in the contractual terms of the booking, you will be expected to pay the costs of an extended stay in all but exceptional circumstances.

In many cases it will not be possible to self-isolate at your holiday accommodation. In these cases, you should make arrangements to travel home as safely as possible, while minimising the risk to others. If this isn’t possible because you feel so unwell that you cannot travel, or if you cannot avoid using public transport, you should call 111 for advice.

If you start to feel unwell during your self-isolation period, get a test either online at or by calling 119.

People you have been travelling with, or people you live with, do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms, unless contacted and asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Can I visit outdoor tourist sites? What about indoor ones?

Yes, you can still travel to outdoor areas, such as National Parks or beaches. It is advisable to check ahead to ensure the venue is open to visitors. You are also able to visit most indoor sites and attractions.

When going with people you don’t live with you should only attend in groups of up to 6 people. This does not apply if your household (and/or support bubble) is larger than 6 people, in which case the largest permitted group is your household or bubble. Exemptions apply, for example for school groups.

Can I pray in a place of worship?

Yes, places of worship will stay open for services and communal prayer in line with guidance for reopening Places of Worship.

Places of worship can stay open for services for more than 6 people. However, you must not mingle in a group of more than 6 people (other than with people you live with or have formed a support bubble with), in which case the largest permitted group is your household or bubble.

Strict adherence to social distancing is strongly advised and a distance of 2 metres (or 1 metre with additional COVID-19 Secure measures in place) should be kept from people you do not live with wherever possible.

Can I go to a pub or restaurant with people I don’t live with?

When eating or drinking out with people you do not live with (and who are not in your support bubble), you must keep to the wider rules on group sizes: you must only attend these places in groups of up to 6 people. You can attend in larger numbers with the people you live with or who are in your support bubble - in this case the maximum size of the group will be just those you live with or your support bubble.

If you visit pubs, restaurants and other venues in the hospitality sector you must provide your contact information, or check in using the official NHS QR code before being allowed entry to the venue.

In all cases, people from different households should ensure they socially distance as much as possible. You should think about where to sit at a table with this in mind – the premises should also take reasonable steps to help you do so in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines. It remains the case that you do not need to maintain social distancing with those in your support bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers.

From 24 September it is mandatory to wear a face covering in a pub or restaurant, except for when eating or drinking.

Can I go to the theatre or a concert?

You can now attend indoor and outdoor performances, for example dramatic, musical or comedy shows.

If you are watching the performance, you should:

·       only attend in a group of no larger than 6, unless attending with those you live with or your support bubble

·       socially distance from people you do not live with (or who are not in your support bubble)

When will I be able to go to a football match?

Due to rising prevalence levels, it is not safe to allow fans to return to stadia. We will continue to monitor the virus, and return crowds to stadia when it is safe to do so.

Can I still participate in sport and physical activity in groups of more than 6?

Adults can continue to take part in outdoor organised sport and licensed physical outdoor activity in groups of more than six, provided it is organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity; and/or involve someone who has received an official license to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

You should only be playing outdoor team sports and partaking in outdoor physical activity where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely, and you can play outdoors. See a list of team sports governing bodies which have developed guidance. Other outdoor sports or licensed outdoor physical activities may also be permitted if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and following sports-governing body guidance.

For adults, outdoor organised exercise classes can still take place in groups larger than six. When participating in any exempted activity like this, you must not mingle in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. You should always ensure you socially distance from people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) wherever possible.

From 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with larger numbers present, provided groups of more than six do not mix. If groups of six are likely to mix, these indoor activities must not go ahead. There is an exemption or organised indoor team sports for disabled people.

The relevant indoor sport facilities guidance or outdoor guidance must be followed for these activities. Organised Sport and Physical Activity events are allowed provided they follow guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England. All supervised activities for under 18s, including sports and exercise groups, indoors and out, are permitted where a risk assessment has been carried out. This should follow guidance on out of school settings.

Other forms of exercise must only take place in groups of six unless everyone is from the same household or support bubble.

When playing sports informally (where not organised in line with the rules above) with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It is illegal to do so in a larger group and you may be fined.

Do I have to wear a face covering in public?

You are required to wear a face covering in the following settings:

·       on public transport

·       indoor transport hubs

·       taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) (from 23 September)

·       shops and supermarkets

·       hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants, except when eating or drinking (from 24 September)

·       indoor shopping centres

·       banks and building societies

·       post offices

·       museums

·       galleries

·       cinemas and theatres

·       places of worship

·       public libraries

People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in any other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet.

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to. This includes (but is not limited to):

·       children under 11

·       because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability

·       to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading

·       to avoid harm or injury; to identify yourself

·       to eat or drink if necessary

You can carry something that says you do not have to wear a face covering for medical reasons. This is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law – you should not routinely be required to produce any written evidence to justify the fact you are not wearing a face covering.

Relevant guidance on face coverings is available here



The science of waves

As lockdown eases and summer draws holiday makers to the beach, many people will enjoy the sea, whether paddling in the waves or being more adventurous and taking to surf and body boards. We take these constant but etherial phenomena for granted, but have you ever thought what causes waves and why conditions can be so different from day to day, or even hour to hour?

Ocean waves are generated by the wind.  When the wind blows across the water surface, the friction between the wind and the surface ruffles the surface of the sea.  This causes little, ‘capillary’ waves to be created.  If the wind continues to blow on these little undulations, they get bigger.

There are three factors that are needed for big waves to be created:  You need a strong wind, blowing for a long time, over a long distance.  The requirement for a long fetch (the distance upon which the wind blows) and no obstacles is why the biggest waves are generated in the open ocean.

Waves can travel long distances and so may end up thousands of miles from the original storm that formed them. Scientific studies have tracked waves that were started off the coast of New Zealand all the way to the coast of California.

Swell Waves

There are two fundamentally different types of wave in the sea.  There are wind-driven waves, which are the ones generated, grown and pushed along by the wind.  Once they have left the storm area, they organise themselves into swell waves.  So wave is the general term and swell is a specific term, meaning a wave generated by distant winds.

The swell waves propagate away from the generating area and travel until they reach shallower water.  So even if it’s a clam day, your local beach might still have large swell waves that have come from a distant storm.

Waves travel about 20 to 30 miles an hour in the open ocean.  So big waves can take 2 to 3 days to get to Cornwall, by which time conditions at the coast might be calm and sunny.  This is one of the most misunderstood things about waves – you can still have big waves even when local winds are calm!

Types of breaker

When waves come into shallower water, they break.  The wave reaches a point when the crest is travelling faster than the trough (due to friction against the beach), so the wave becomes unstable and breaks.  There are two types of breaker: a spilling breaker and a plunging breaker.

A spilling breaker is a gentle breaking wave and occurs on flat, gently sloping beaches such as Polzeath.  Spilling breakers topple over gently and spill shorewards, often accompanied by an on-shore wind.  These waves are popular with learner surfers.

The converse is the plunging breaker, which breaks in a more violent way, when the transition in seabed from steep to shallow is quicker.

The plunging breaker curls over at the top and forms a tube that good surfers can ride in.  The ideal combination is a steep slope for the wave to break on together with an off-shore wind that helps hold the wave up, delaying it break.  On UK beaches, this often occurs at low tide because the low water mark beaches tend to drop off an make a steeper slope.  You can see this on the popular Fistral beach.  

Local variations

Various factors on individual beaches will affect waves, including the shape of the beach, the sea bottom and other obstructions such as islands or curved headlands.  In the summer, smaller waves bring in sand, creating sandbanks that waves break around.  This is good for surfing, but the rip currents that develop between the sandbanks are hazardous for bathers and learner surfers.

Rogue waves

A ‘rogue’ wave occurs when waves that are travelling in different directions come together and combine their heights into one larger wave.  This sudden increase in size can be hazardous for water users out at sea. 

Closer to shore, waves typically arrive in sets (a group of a few large waves, one after another) every few minutes, with a few smaller wave in between.  But a particularly large set is often responsible for washing anglers and coastal walkers from rocks into the sea.

Forecasting waves

In the past, forecasting waves required analysis of weather charts, tide, wind and local conditions.  Now there are forecasting apps just a click away.  These include and


What is Juneteenth and why are you hearing about it now?

Juneteenth is the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, but the day will take on an extra meaning in the wake of George Floyd's killing. 

June 19 marks the day back in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, to announce the civil war was over and the final group of African Americans were now free.

The day came more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official on January 1, 1863.

It is believed the delay between the proclamation and announcing the end of slavery in Texas was due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.

But with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

General Granger read out to the people of Texas - General Order Number 3.

It read: "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. 

"This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labourer."

The name - Juneteenth - is a combination of June and Nineteenth and is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day.

The day is remembered in America with celebrations and the descendants of former slaves making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.

World Oceans Day 8th June

Monday 8th June 2020 is nominated "World Oceans Day", when people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our ocean, which connects us all. It's an opportunity to get together with your family, friends, community, and millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future. 

For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of the world's ocean by 2030 - a campaign called 30x30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for both marine and human life.

A global petition has been launched to help apply pressure to national governments that can be signed at

There are number of global events taking place this year and you can join in with something as simple as your own beach clean.

By working together, we can help protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June, but why not keep it going all year round!

The hidden magic of bluebells

This is the time of year that Rocky Valley turns blue in a wonderful carpet of bluebells. 

Bluebells are unmistakable bell-shaped perennial herbs. They actually spend the majority of their time underground as bulbs, emerging, often in droves, to flower from April onwards.

The UK contains up to 49% of the world’s population of bluebells; although they are threatened by habitat loss as they love ancient or natural woodland.

The bluebell is the flower of St George, as it usually starts to bloom around St George’s Day on 23rd April and has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles.

In folklore, bluebells were said to ring when fairies were summoning their kin to a gathering; but if a human heard the sound, it would be their death knell.  Not surprisingly, it was considered unlucky to trample on a bed of bluebells, because you would anger the fairies resting there.  

There’s an interesting belief that wearing a garland of bluebells will induce you to speak only the truth.

No garland today, so you’ll just have to believe that these are bluebell truths:

  • Mediaeval archers used to use the sap from bluebells to stick their feathers (fletches) to their arrows. It has also been used in bookbinding because it would repel attacks by insects.
  • It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.
  • If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a larger and more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower
  • Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.
  • Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise. 

So next time you happen across this pretty little flower, remember, there’s a lot more to the bluebell than you think and if you hear bells ringing…run!



Amazing meteor shower tonight, Monday and Tuesday night

Lockdown Britain is set for a twinkling treat as a meteor shower is set to light up the skies this week.

Turn your gaze skyward out your windows or grab a blanket and set up the deckchairs outdoors at your home to take in the spectacular lightshow.

Anywhere from ten to hundreds of meteors an hour are predicted to glitter across the Northern Hemisphere's night skies this week.

The annual meteor shower is expected to peak on Tuesday night and the best viewing time is just before dawn on Wednesday.

What is the Lyrid Meteor Shower and when can you see it?

The spectacular light shower is already underway but will be most visible in the United Kingdom and the United States early this week.

Experts say the peak viewing time will be late Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday, with observations are affected by the phases of the moon and local weather conditions.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower occurs every April - putting on a spectacular light-show for stargazers.

Shooting stars appear as dust from the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and interact with the Earth’s atmosphere.

When this dust enters Earth’s atmosphere, it burns up, producing a trail of light through the sky.

It takes its name from the Lyra constellation, from which the meteors appear to radiate.

While it is due to start tonight, the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower will be overnight on April 21-22, NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told

The Lyrids will be visible beginning at about 10:30pm, but are best viewed in the darkness after midnight and when urban lights have been switched off as households turn in for bed.

The best time to watch is after midnight and before the light of dawn, the expert said.

Check the weather forecast in your area to determine the prime time overnight to skygaze.

The phenomenon's peak visibility time of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning is due to the phase of the moon.

It will be a thin crescent only about two days from the new moon at that time, Mr Cooke said, so the moonlight won't drown out the light-show.

Visibility will depend on how clear and dark the night sky where you live is, Cooke said.



Updated on January 27th, 2013

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