Spring Bulbs for Schools: Spring Bulbs

Spring Bulbs for Schools

Get out of the classroom!

Join the 1,000s of school scientists taking part in this exciting investigation. Adopt your own spring bulbs to help Professor Plant investigate how the changing seasons are affecting spring flowers. Since October 2005, school scientists across Wales have been keeping weather records and noting when their flowers open, as part of this long-term study looking at the effects of temperature on spring bulbs. We continue to work in partnership with the Edina Trust who support and fund the project. The Edina Trust have been running an extension project since 2011, complementing the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales core project and extending its reach to selected schools in England and Scotland. In 2016 this extension project was offered to selected schools in Wales, and this year the Edina Trust have extended the project further, meaning that 2017-18  will be the first year to include participation from schools in Northern Ireland.
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This is what you need to do:

Use your rain gauge and thermometer to keep daily weather records
Enter your weather records weekly to this website
Check your entries on your school weather graph and compare your findings to those of other schools
Look after your bulbs and watch for any signs of growth


Number of schools involved this year:
Average temperature across all schools:
7 °C
Average rainfall across all schools:
6 mm
Total data collected so far this year:

Show School Locations & Results:


27 November 2017, Weather Observations from our Investigation
24 November 2017, Spring Bulbs for Schools - Comments from Week One
10 November 2017, Planting Day Photo Competition 2017
6 November 2017, Weather Records Start Today
19 October 2017, Planting Day 20th October!


Calendar of active weeks:
6 Nov10 November 2017
13 Nov17 November 2017
20 Nov24 November 2017
27 Nov1 December 2017
4 Dec8 December 2017
11 Dec15 December 2017
8 Jan12 January 2018
15 Jan19 January 2018
22 Jan26 January 2018
29 Jan2 February 2018
5 Feb9 February 2018
12 Feb16 February 2018
19 Feb23 February 2018
26 Feb2 March 2018
5 Mar9 March 2018
12 Mar16 March 2018
19 Mar23 March 2018
26 Mar29 March 2018 *
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