Applications for 2016-2017 are now open! Apply below!

Get out of the classroom!

Join the 1000s of school scientists taking part in this exciting investigation. Adopt your own spring bulbs to help Professor Plant find out 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, extending the National Museum Wales core project to selected Edina schools in England and Scotland.


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Applications for 2016-2017 are now open! There are limited spaces, please apply by clicking the link below:
Successful applicants will receive email confirmation by the end of May. Their bulbs, pots and weather recording equipment will be sent to their school by late September.   
Participating schools are asked to plant their bulbs on the 20th October and to take daily weather records from November until March.
Weather data and flowering records entered to the Museum website will be used to investigate the effects of climate change on Spring Bulbs from 2005-2017.


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

Show School Locations & Results:


4 May 2016, Super Scientist Awards 2016
21 March 2016, Your comments
1 March 2016, First Flower records!
23 February 2016, Your comments:
15 February 2016, Keeping Flower Records


Calendar of active weeks:
2 Nov6 November 2015
9 Nov13 November 2015
16 Nov20 November 2015
23 Nov27 November 2015
30 Nov4 December 2015
7 Dec11 December 2015
4 Jan8 January 2016
11 Jan15 January 2016
18 Jan22 January 2016
25 Jan29 January 2016
1 Feb5 February 2016
8 Feb12 February 2016
15 Feb19 February 2016
22 Feb26 February 2016
29 Feb4 March 2016
7 Mar11 March 2016
14 Mar18 March 2016
21 Mar24 March 2016 *
* Good Friday: 25 March 2016
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