Students to take part in spring survey initiative
GREENWAVE 2009 WILL RECORD ARRIVAL OF SPRING ACROSS EUROPE
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.