Stu­dents to take part in spring sur­vey ini­tia­tive

GREENWAVE 2009 WILL RECORD AR­RIVAL OF SPRING ACROSS EUROPE

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

FORTY-ONE schools in County Wick­low have agreed to take part in a mass ex­per­i­ment which in­volves stu­dents tracking the move­ment of Spring across Ire­land.

‘Greenwave 2009’ was launched by Dis­cover Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing. Stu­dents will record sight­ing dates of six dif­fer­ent species in­dica­tive of the ar­rival of Spring onto the Greenwave web­site. The re­sults are then mapped to judge wether Spring moves north or south or in­land to the cen­tre of Ire­land from the coast. A to­tal of 2,500 sight­ings were sub­mit­ted last year.

The greenwave is caused by the open­ing of tree and hedge buds, and be­gins in the south of Europe around Fe­bru­ary. It then con­tin­ues to move across Europe as tem­per­a­tures rise. It’s also ac­tu­ally es­ti­mated that the green wave ac­tu­ally moves at the same speed a hu­man walks at, around four miles per hour. This roughly trans­lates to a three week walk across Ire­land from Mizen Head to Malin Head.

The Wick­low schools tak­ing part are All Saints NS, Ark­low Boys NS, Bray School Project NS, Carnew NS, Carys­fort NS, Del- gany NS, Donard NS, Gaelscoil Na Lochanna, Glebe NS, Grange­con NS, Jonathan Swift NS, Kil­macanogue NS, Marino NS, Moneystown NS, Naomh Brid NS, Naomh Peadar NS, Naomh Seosamh Boys NS, Newtownmountkennedy Con­vent NS, Nun’s Cross NS, Our Lady’s Girls NS, Pow­er­scourt NS, Rath­drum Boys NS, Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire Na Naird, Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire Realt Na Mara, Scoil Náisiúnta Ni­co­lais Naofa, Shil­le­lagh No 1 NS, St An­drew’s NS, St An­thony’s Boys NS, St Bridgid’s Girls NS, St Brigid’s NS, St Cro­nans Boys’ NS, St Er­nan’s Boys NS, St Fer­gals Ju­nior NS, St Lau­rence’s NS, St Mary’s NS, St Michael’s Girls NS, St Saviour’s NS, St. Ger­ard’s Ju­nior School, Ti­na­hely NS, Tynock NS and Wick­low Ed­u­cate To­gether NS.

The species fac­ing ex­am­i­na­tion are ash, horse ch­est­nut and hawthorn trees, the prim­rose, the swal­low and frogspawn. Stu­dents will also be asked to keep record of the amount of rain­fall be­tween Fe­bru­ary and May. All the data will be kept on the Greenwave web­site for vis­i­tors to track Spring’s progress.

Schools wish­ing to take part in this year’s Greenwave ex­per­i­ment can reg­is­ter on­line at www.greenwave.ie.

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