Findings so far...
Since October 2005, school scientists across Wales have been keeping weather records and noting when their flowers open, as part of a long-term climate study looking at the effects of temperature on spring bulbs. Over the next 10-20 years (and hopefully more) we want school scientists to show how climate change is affecting flowering times in 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, extending the National Museum Wales core project to selected Edina schools in England and Scotland.
All participating schools use accounts on the National Museum Wales website to register their school, input their weekly weather records and document the flowering dates and heights of their plants. The online Map allows schools to compare their results with participating schools across the country. All participants who keep regular records receive Super Scientist certificates and are entered into a competition to win a nature trip!
Edina schools have extension activities in addition to those above. These schools are required to register their planting date and location on the Edina Trust Bulb Project (Moodle) website. Edina schools will receive additional bulbs for planting in the ground to compare with those planted in pots and will document their findings through the Moodle website.