: Spring Bulbs

Spring Bulbs For Schools Report

Penny Dacey, 24 June 2024

Hi Bulb Buddies,

I've attached the end of year report documents to the right of this post. 

Take a look at them to see how this year's results compared to those of previous years. The UK wide report goes back to 2012 and the Wales report goes back to 2005!

I've also uploaded a list of all of this years fun Kahoot quizzes. Why not have a go and see how good you are at interpreting the data shown. You can re-take the quizzes as many times as you like to see how much you've learnt. 

Here are some facts from the UK report, there are many more!

  • Our findings show that plants flowered latest in Scotland.
  • This is only the second year where crocus plants flowered earlier than daffodils.
  • The average flowering date for the crocus and daffodils combined has only been earlier in 2019 and 2020.
  • We had the warmest February of our investigation.
  • The MET Office stated that February 2024 was the second warmest February on record for the UK in a series dating back to 1884. 
  • 2024 saw the lowest hours of sunshine since our project began. 

Thank you to all the schools who contributed to the investigation by sharing their weather and flower data to the Amgueddfa Cymru website. 

Fantastic work!

Professor Plant

Bulbcast Winners 2024

Penny Dacey, 5 June 2024

Hi Bulb Buddies,

I want to say a big thank you to all the schools who sent entries in for our new video competition. It was extremely hard to choose between them, but everyone involved with the project voted and the results were:


Clare Primary School

Runner up:

St Mary’s Church in Wales Primary (@StMarysCIWBJ)

Special Recognition:

Kirkmichael Primary

Our Lady’s RC Primary

Fantastic work Bulb Cast Buddies!

Professor Plant

Super Scientist Awards 2023-24

Penny Dacey, 24 May 2024

Hi Bulb Buddies,

I want to say a big thank you to all the schools who took part in this year's Spring Bulbs for Schools Investigation. 

Participating schools planted bulbs in October and then monitored and cared for these until they flowered. Pupils shared the heights of their plants and the dates that they flowered with us. They also took temperature and rainfall readings every day that they were in school from 1 November to 31 March, and uploaded this information to the Amgueddfa Cymru website. This data feeds into our nationwide study investigating the effects of a changing climate on the flowering dates of spring bulbs. 

Here are the schools who helped us this year: 


Wales: St. Mary's CiW Primary

England: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Scotland: Gavinburn Primary School

N. Ireland: Portadown Integrated Primary School

Runner’s up

Wales: Cornist  Park  C.P

England: Roseacre Primary Academy 

Scotland: Our Lady's RC Primary School

N. Ireland: Sacred Heart Primary School - Omagh

Special Recognition:


Ysgol Gymraeg Tonyrefail

Ysgol Pennant

Ysgol San Sior

Ysgol Tycroes


Fleet Wood Lane Primary 

Stanford in the Vale 

N. Ireland: 

Irvinestown Primary School

St Joseph and St James's Primary 

St Patrick's Primary School - Eskra

Highly Commended 


Bedlinog Community Primary

Churchstoke CP School

Forden CiW Primary

Hafod Primary

Henllys CiW Primary

Llanfaes CP School

Peterston Super Ely CiW Primary

Pil Primary School

Raglan VC CiW Primary

Rhayader Primary

Upper Rhymney Primary

Ysgol Bryn Pennant

Ysgol Casmael (Sir Benfro)

Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth

Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant

Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan

Ysgol Tir Morfa


Anchorsholme Academy

Eaton Valley Primary School

Educational Diversity

Ferndale Primary School

Kidgate Primary Academy

St John's CE Primary School

Sylvester Primary Academy


Abbey Primary School

Blacklands Primary School

Clare Primary School

Cortamlet Primary School

Cuthbertson Primary School

Doonfoot Primary School

Kirkhill Primary School

Kirkmichael Primary School

Langbank Primary School

Milton Primary School

Newmains Primary School

Newton Primary School

St Peter's Primary School

Whatriggs Primary School

Northern Ireland:

Carrick Primary School

Clonalig Primary School

St John's Primary School

St Mary's Primary School - Maguiresbridge

St Peter Primary School - Plumbridge

St Teresa's Primary - Craigavon

Tandragee Primary School

Super Scientists


Albert Primary

Blaendulais Primary

Creigiau Primary

Eveswell Primary

Hay on Wye CP School

Mount Street Junior School

Neyland Community School

NPTC Newtown College

Pembroke Dock Community School

St. Mary’s CiW School - Wrexham

St. Michael's RC Primary

Trelai Primary

Waldo Williams Primary

YGG Bronllwyn 

Ysgol Deiniol

Ysgol Glan Morfa (Conwy)


Halsnead Primary School

Hamstead Junior School

Northwood Community Primary School

Old Park Primary School

Phoenix Primary Schoo

Prescot Primary School

Rowley Hall Primary School

Temple Meadow Primary School

Waterloo Primary Academy


Alloway Primary School

Bishopton Primary School

Elmvale Primary - Glasgow

Leslie Primary School

Livingston Village Primary School

Lochwinnoch Primary School

Logan Primary School

Our Lady and St Francis Primary School

Our Lady of Peace Primary

Underbank Primary School

Windyknowe Primary School

N. Ireland:

Grange Primary School Kilkeel

St Mary's Primary - Craigavon

St Mary's Primary School - Newry



Alaw Primary

Bryn Celyn Primary

Ffynnon Taf Primary 

Glyncoed Primary

Hafod y Wern Community Primary

Johnston C.P. School


Childwall C of E Primary School

Cronton CE Primary School

Grange Primary School

Marton Primary Academy and Nursery

Roby Park Primary School

Shireland Technology Primary School

St Kentigern's Primary School

St Paul's C of E Academy

Summerhill Primary Academy


Fordbank Primary School

Meldrum Primary School

St Conval's Primary School

St Cuthbert's Primary School

St John Ogilvie Primary School

St Patrick's Primary - Troon

St Vincent's Primary School

Northern Ireland:

St Paul's Primary School

Willowbridge Special School

Weathering the Storm

Penny Dacey, 11 April 2024

What was the weather like in 2023?

2023 was warm and wet! It saw record breaking temperatures in June, a heat wave in September and eleven named storms! It was the second warmest year for the UK since records began in 1884, with only 2022 coming in warmer. It was the warmest year on record for Wales and Northern Ireland and some parts of the UK saw over a third more rain than they would normally expect.

What were the named storms?

The named storms that visited the UK in 2023 were Otto (February), Noa (April), Antoni & Betty (August), Agnes (September), Babet (October), Ciaran & Debi (November), Elin, Fergus & Gerrit (December).

‘Storm Season’ runs from September of one year to August of the next. This coincides nicely with the time frame of our Investigation, which runs for a full academic year. From September 2022 to August 2023 there were four named storms. From September 2023 to now, there have already been eleven named storms! This makes for some very interesting weather data collection and observations from our participating schools! The storms to take place so far in 2024 are Henk, Isha & Jocelyn (January), and Kathleen (April).

Who chooses the storm names?

The MET Office began naming storms for the UK in 2015. They release a list of planned names at the beginning of each storm season. Other European countries also name storms, and if the same storm later impacts on one of these countries, then they will adopt the name already in use. This happened in 2023 with storm Otto and storm Noah, which were named by different groups.

You can suggest names to the MET Office for the next Storm Season here: Name our Storms - Met Office

Why are storms named?

Storms are named to raise awareness. Research shows that people hear about named storms more widely and better understand the link between the storm and the issues it causes across the UK. People understand that a named storm is expected to be disruptive, and they are more likely to take actions to prepare for the bad weather. Whether or not a storm is named depends on the impact it’s expected to have. Not only wind speeds, but things like where the storm is expected to occur, the time of year, time of day and even the day of the week can all impact on the decision of whether the storm will be named!

What are the next planned storm names for the 2023/24 storm season?

Lilian, Minnie, Nicholas, Olga, Piet, Regina, Stuart, Tamiko, Vincent and Walid.

Interestingly, four of this seasons storm names (Ciaran, Debi, Regina and Stuart) have been chosen in honour of people who have been recognised for helping to protect others from extreme weather.

What comments have schools shared about these storms?

Cuthbertson Primary: A tree was blown up in our garden, revealing its roots and posing a threat to safety. We have limited access to the bulbs until the tree is secured. Two storms in one week, the highest wind we have ever felt. Storm Isha and Jacqueline. We have the beginnings of green sprouts showing though.

Alloway Primary: Stormy weather this week. Inside for play due to high winds and rain.

Irvinestown Primary: We weren’t able to record weather data this week due to storm Isha and Storm Jocelyn. Our potted bulbs all tumbled over and fell out of their pots and the weather recording equipment was also affected. We are aiming to get all back up and running again as soon as possible.

Kirkmichael Primary: What a week it has been. We have had two storms, so much wind and rain and even some power cuts. Our rain gauge had fallen over on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday because of the wind, so we discussed how we can wedge it into the soil more effectively. It was also getting warmer towards the end of the week.

Doonfoot Primary: We have had TWO storms this week which has meant that we have had lots and lots of rain. The temperature is definitely increasing as the weeks progress. No blooms yet. Our Mystery Bulbs have been growing and we already have a list of guesses snowdrops, bluebells, narcissi and...more crocuses just to fool us.

Kirkmichael Primary: What a week for the weather. Overnight on Wednesday into Thursday we hit lows of -14. So very cold, although we feel like once it hits a certain (low) temperature it doesn’t feel any more cold. We are hoping though that this extreme cold hasn’t damaged our bulbs, and hope to see some signs of growth soon. Next week we have a weather storm forecast - lots of crazy weather.

St Mary's Primary: Storm Debi was Monday.

YGG Bronllwyn: Bad storms with thunder and lightning on Thursday.

St John Ogilvie Primary: Very heavy rain. Storm conditions.

Fleet Wood Lane Primary:We seem to have survived Storm Ciaran on this side of the country.

Happy Easter Bulb Buddies

Penny Dacey, 26 March 2024

Thank you to all of the schools who have uploaded their weather and flower data before finishing for the holidays. Some of you are still collecting data this week and will be uploading it to the website on Thursday. Thank you for all of your hard work. 

Schools have shared some lovely comments about the project this week. Some of these are included to the right. 

After the holidays we will announce winners of the BulbCast video competition. In May we will send prizes out to all schools who have shared data. Before the end of the school year we will share a report that explores the weather and flower data and compares it to previous years. 

Thanks again Bulb Buddies,

Professor Plant