Linking Museum Collections
There more than 100 natural history collections across Wales, containing a fantastic record of Welsh (and international) fauna, flora and geology. Many of these collections go back to the early 19th century. They are an irreplaceable resource for public exhibitions, teaching and scientific research. These collections include some real jewels, such as a King Penguin from the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica more than 100 years ago, an early Neolithic bone flute, and a 19th century turnspit dog (stuffed).
One of the best ways scientists and researchers can gather information about the importance of our environment is through studying museum collections. For example, biological specimens are used to study changes in biodiversity over time, and geological specimens can help us understand climate change. Preserving these collections is an absolute necessity. If a 200-year-old collection can tell us something about how to save the environment tomorrow, it has to be worth preserving.
Unfortunately, many natural science collections across Wales are at real risk of deterioration. The only subject specialists in Wales work at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. This means that many museums do not have the knowhow to interpret their collections to their full potential, some collections are neglected and museum visitors do not get to see everything they possibly could.
A new project is now trying to address this issue. The Linking Natural Science Collections project will review a large part of the Welsh natural history collections and combine them – at least in the virtual reality of the internet – by bringing together collections records in an online database. This means that all the individual collections across Wales can then be treated as pieces of one large natural science collection. These collections will therefore form part of a Distributed National Collection – a concept from the Welsh government’s Museum Strategy.
The project will conclude after three years with a touring exhibition of spectacular or significant natural science objects from across Wales. There will also be many other benefits, for example training for curators who will then be able to better understand and use their collections, and to share their knowledge with museum visitors and users.
If you have a natural sciences collection or are interested in knowing more about this project please get in touch with the project manager, who is based at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (email@example.com).
You can also follow the project on Facebook: facebook.com/LinkingCollectionsWales.
Find out more about the Museums Strategy for Wales 2010-1015.
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales: www.museumwales.ac.uk.
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Peregrines on the Clock Tower 2013
April 10th: There are eggs
The female started incubating on the 20th March so, all being well, we can expect the first chick to be hatching in the latter half of April. There was relatively little sign of the pair earlier in the year and the report of a dead Peregrine in Alexandra Gardens just before Christmas was a cause for concern!
With so little displaying and calling around the tower I was quite surprised to see the female begin brooding in late March, let's hope this pair is successful.
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Diolch yn fawr iawn i Glwb Garddio ysgol Stanford in the Vale am anfon y ffotograffau hyfryd yma o’r disgyblion a’u cennin Pedr. Ydych chi’n edrych fel gwyddonwyr go iawn yn mesur y blodau!
Waw! Mae’r blog yma’n edrych yn hir iawn eto. Roeddwn i am ateb mwy o’r sylwadau gwych wnaethoch chi eu hanfon cyn gwyliau’r Pasg...
Eich sylwadau tywydd:
Stanford in the Vale Primary School: Two crocuses have opened up today! Our last day of term! Prof P: Great news! I hope more have opened when you get back to school.
Henllys CIW Primary: All children have taken their plants home for the Easter holidays. We had our first crocus flower open yesterday hopefully everyone will keep an eye on their plants during the holidays and record when they open. Prof P: I’m glad you could take your plants home, I look forward to receiving your flower records.
Westwood CP School: No readings on Friday - school closed due to snow. No flowers open before Easter Break. Teacher took readings for last 2 weeks to send from home. Prof P: Thanks for the update, do you have some flowers now Westwood?
SS Philip and James Primary School: We can't believe this is our last week of measuring and sending in our weather data. Thank you, goodbye and Happy Easter!
From the Super Scientists at Phil and Jim! Prof P: Thank you too Phil & Jim Team Super Scientists!
St Joseph's Primary School (Penarth): Most of our crocus bulbs have opened but, sadly, not our daffodil bulbs. We have left our pots at school over the Easter holidays because the eco committee are planning to plant them around the school later. Hopefully, there will be some beautiful daffodil flowers when we go back? Happy Easter! Prof P: That sounds like a lovely idea St Joseph’s. I like the sound of your eco committee, they sound great!
Coppull Parish Primary School: We are all very disappointed as so far we have no flowers. We think we will get maybe 2 or 3, because only one pot is showing any signs of growth. Prof P: I hope they flower eventually Coppull Parish.
Stepping Stones Short Stay School: School finished today on Thursday 28th for the Easter holidays, so we have no records for Friday 29th. Today the first crocus that we have been watching opened fully, at last! Prof P: I’m very pleased for you!
Manor Primary School: Friday 29th: School was not open due to being Good Friday. Happy Easter all. School is back on Monday 15th April. All the pots have shoots but nothing is open yet. Prof P: Thank you for the update Manor Primary! Happy Easter to you too.
Newport Primary School: Week 12:Really cold all this week with snow every day. Week 13: A balmy 5 degrees today. Prof P: Brrr! I have seen on the TV how snowy it has been in Scotland.
Milford Haven Junior School: The quadrangle garden was flooded on Friday due to heavy rainfall at night. Prof P: Did anyone get wet feet?
Ysgol Porth Y Felin: to pp, unfortunately this is our last week doing professor plant. I am here to thank you for joining in our school. nothing is really wrong so, happy easter from ysgol porth y felin. Prof P: Well done bulb buddies! I have enjoyed doing this experiment with you, thanks for your help.
Wormit Primary School: We go on holiday today for our Easter Break. Our crocuses have not flowered yet because we think it has been too cold. We are glad that you have extended the date for recording their flowering dates! We will keep an eye on them over the Easter break- P7 and Mrs Wright :) Prof P: Fingers crossed that your flowers open before the next deadline. Happy holidays!
Balcurvie Primary School: This is our last weather entry as we are off school for the Easter holidays tomorrow. Yeah! Prof P: I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Greyfriars RC Primary School: we are off school on Friday so today is our last day at school and were off school tomorrow so this is our last weather report for now. The bulbs have grown a lot and they are all in bud. We're taking them home for the holiday. We will record flowering dates. They are getting taller and are getting ready to bloom mine is looking awesome we are very excited about our bulbs. Prof P: Excellent work Greyfriars!
Glyncollen Primary School: Thank you for the bulbs. We are amazed at how tall our crocus grew. We are very happy as the daffodils are the national emblem of our country Wales. We have had a wonderful time doing the investigation. Our crocuses have grown well. We are very sad that everything has now finished. Bye bye from year 4 Prof P: The daffodil is such a beautiful sunny flower to have as the national emblem of Wales isn’t it Glyncollen? I love it.
Thorneyholme RC Primary School: Yo Pro P!!! We have had a lot of snow so unfortunately our bulbs are taking a long time to grow. HAPPY EASTER!!!! Thanks for letting us participate in this project. It has been EPIC!!!!!! Hopefully our bulbs will have grown over the Easter holidays. Thanks and bye bye. Thorneyholme. :) Prof P: I am so glad you have enjoyed the project! Happy Easter to you too.
St Mary's Catholic Primary School: Dear Prof Plant, Our school was closed due to heavy snowfall overnight 21st-22nd March. Our crocus bulbs had just begun to open! and we were very excited and looking forward to taking our pots home for the Easter holidays. Sadly because of the closure the pots remain at school!!! Prof P: I’m sorry that you couldn’t take your plants home, but don’t worry, maybe they will wait until you get back to school and then flower?
Britannia Community Primary School: Still no flowers and very cold! Prof P: Stay wrapped up warm Britannia bulb buddies, and keep watching!
Ysgol Nant Y Coed: Today is the last day of term so we're all taking our bulbs home. All the daffodils have opened or are in bud. We'll record when they flower at home. We've really enjoyed taking part in the project and hope the data we've sent will be useful. Prof P: The data you send in will be VERY useful Ysgol Nant y Coed, thanks for all your hard work.
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Diolch yn fawr i chi am yr holl gofnodion tywydd a blodau rydych chi wedi anfon ata i hyd yn hyn!
Diolch i chi hefyd am eich holl sylwadau diddorol. Rydw i wedi derbyn gormod o sylwadau dros y bythefnos ddiwethaf i roi lle i bob un yn y blog, felly dyma fi’n penderfynu ysgrifennu blog arbennig yr wythnos hon yn cynnwys llawer mwy o’ch sylwadau chi.
Blodau pwy sydd wedi agor yr wythnos yma?
Mae mwy o ysgolion wedi cofnodi bod eu blodau wedi agor! Yng Nghymru: Ysgol Gynradd Babyddol Sant Robert, Ysgol Gynradd Rogiet, Ysgol Gynradd Glyncollen ac Ysgol Iau Brynhyfryd; yn Lloegr: SS Philip and James Primary School; ac yn yr Alban: Balcurvie Primary School! Gwych! Da iawn chi a diolch am anfon eich cofnodion ata i.
Eich sylwadau blodau:
SS Philip and James Primary School: The crocuses needed some sun for them to open so that we could see the anthers and define them as 'flowering'. Prof P: You are quite right. The sun is shining here in Cardiff today, is it sunny where you are?
Balcurvie Primary School: Mine was the first crocus to flower and just in time for the holidays! Prof P: Hooray, that’s great news!
St. Mary's RC Primary School (Lancashire): Grown to 490mm Planted On The 12th Dec 2012. Prof P: Wow that is a tall daffodil!
Hywel Da Primary School: All daffodils open during the week of 18th to 22nd March. Prof P: Thanks for your report Hywel Da.
Archbishop Hutton's Primary School: On Monday 11th March when we came into school there was about 15 crocuses which had flowered over the weekend. Prof P: That must have been a pretty sight!
Oakfield Primary School: This is our first daffodil to flower called twix. (18.03.2013) Prof P: What a great name!
Newburgh Primary School: It's our first flower and its called 'Craze Crocus'! (18.03.2013) Prof P: That’s a great name too!
Ysgol Iau Hen Golwyn: Flowers are very late opening. Daffodils have not opened yet. Prof P: I hope they flower for you soon.
Rogiet Primary School: Our crocus plants are very small we thought they weren't going to flower but today we found a very small one! It is only 9cm high. Prof P: Well done Rogiet for spotting it!
Magor Church in Wales Primary: Daffodils have not flowered yet. (13.03.2013) Prof P: Thank you for that very valuable record, maybe they will flower soon.
Ysgol Bodafon: It is a beautiful daffodil flower. There are 5 heads of the crocus flowers. Prof P: I think daffodils are very beautiful too.
Greyfriars RC Primary School: We haven't had much rain for 3 weeks but have been watering the bulbs. Our watering can leaked all over the floor. We now have a new watering can! Prof P: Oops! Well done for looking after your bulbs so well.
Eich sylwadau tywydd:
Glyncollen Primary School: Thank you for putting our message on your blog. We brought the crocus into class and tried your experiment. It was very cold outside and our crocus hadn't opened but when they came into the warmth they opened. When we took them back out they closed up again. We have got a lot to do this week. We have to research what the mystery bulb is, although they have nearly opened. We have to measure the final height of both flowers and send you photos. We have also got to send you labelled drawings of our daffodils. Our teacher says we deserve a holiday after all our hard work.Yr.4 Glyncollen. Prof P: Wow Glyncollen, you really have been working super hard – your teacher is right, you do deserve a holiday, and luckily it is Easter break! Well done for doing the crocus experiment – I am really pleased that it worked for you.
St Athan Primary: not too sure of rain readings for this week as the gauge has been tampered with over night during the last two weeks. We are sure it's not the pupils during school time as it's been checked prior to staff leaving sorry about that. The children are upset about their part of the experiment being inaccurate despite my assurance that these things happen sometimes! Prof P: I am very sorry that someone has been tampering with your rain gauge. If you need a new one for the project next year I can send one. Please don’t be upset St Athan pupils, I know that you have all been working very hard. I am very grateful for all the records you have sent in, you are all super scientists!
Darran Park Primary: Our crocuses have flowered this week, but as of yet the daffodils have not opened. They have been slow in growing. We are hoping that they will be ready to flower when we come back to school. We are on holiday as from today, for two weeks. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL .from year 5 children in Darran Park Primary. Prof P: Happy Easter to you too year 5!
Stepping Stones Short Stay School: heavy rainfall over the weekend before Monday 18th, therefore the high measure by Monday afternoon. Heavy snow early on Friday 23rd, some melting by 2:30PM, measuring 3mm. Prof P: Excellent weather reporting Stepping Stones.
Tynewater Primary School: None of our flowers are out yet and we are on holiday for two weeks now for Easter. I am going to move our potted bulbs into a sunnier spot (in front of a south facing wall) for the holidays and hope that they are flowering by the time we get back on the 8th April. Do you want us to let you know what happens? Prof P: Yes please do let me know what happens!
Ysgol Y Ffridd: Yn anffodus toes yr un o'n blodau ni wedi tyfu. Athro’r Ardd: Mae’n flin gen i glywed hynny Ysgol Y Ffridd, ond nawr mae ganddoch chi dair wythnos arall i anfon eich cofnodion blodau. Gobeithio y bydd rhai o’ch blodau chi’n tyfu yn y tair wythnos nesaf. Da iawn chi am eich holl waith a daliwch ati i wylio’ch planhigion!
Stanford in the Vale Primary School: Dear Professor, Another week of strange, cold weather, snow at the beginning of the week, bitter cold winds, then today blue skies in the morning, which then has started to rain! I have sent the children home with their daffodil pots, and I have asked them to record the day the flower opens. Happy Easter to everyone and lets hope we do get some sunny weather over the holidays! Regards Stanford Gardening Club Prof P: It’s great that the children have taken their plants home! I hope you have some Easter sunshine in Oxfordshire to help them open.
Sofrydd Primary School: there have been snow showers through out this week. Prof P: It has been a very snowy March in some parts of Wales!
Ysgol Gynradd Talybont: This year we moved the thermometer to a different part of the garden nearer to the plant pots and it was directly in the afternoon sun, so we do not think it is a true reflection of the temperature. Prof P: Hmm, well done for thinking about your experiment so scientifically Ysgol Gynradd Talybont, I am very impressed.Maybe that wall IS a bit warmer than the rest of your garden, but it does sound like you have found a nice sunny spot for your plants to grow!
St Nicholas Primary School: We have daffodil flowers and our couple of crocuses that weren't eaten by squirrels have flowered! Prof P: What cheeky squirrels!! I suppose they must have been very hungry. I like squirrels a lot but they are not very good scientists!
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Our Museum One Year On
As we near the end of Year 1 of Our Museum I thought it would be a good time to make up for lost postings.
It’s been an interesting and innovative year at St Fagans, not least due to the impact and effects of Our Museum on the way we do things. I’ve not been around for the whole journey, having only joined the Museum in August, but I’ve picked up a lot of what went before and haven’t stopped learning since day one. I now feel fully immersed in all things Our Museum and very at home at St Fagans and within National Museum Wales.
Our Engagement Team for Our Museum, made up of nine Community Partners, several Museum staff members and four Museum Trustees, has become a very strong and robust group where trust, knowledge and laughs are shared openly.
We have spent a lot of time working on the project journal, through using different media such as on line communication via Teamwork PM, filming and photographing meetings and events, taking part in active reflection sessions and workshops during meetings and developing our self evaluation tool for the project.
"Despite positive experiences of dealing with St Fagans and volunteers via my organisation Quest, I admit I was a little cynical when I first heard about the nature of the project. This was mainly, I think, because of my impressions over the years of being a visitor. I love St Fagans, but as a visitor I always felt that it was a place apart from me and the way I live. I couldn't give you concrete examples of why I felt like this, perhaps it was because I never saw myself reflected in the staff I met on my way around. Oddly, I felt a sense of relief when I joined the community partners because I discovered that it wasn't only me that felt like that! And more than this, that the organisation recognised it as well and wanted to change it. This, more than anything, has already made me feel that St Fagans is more open to the local community."
Extract from Teamwork posted 08.10.12 by Community Partner Quest Supported Employment
We are looking forward to moving into Year 2 with lots of plans for future work. The building of Bryn Eryr, the new Celtic Village at St Fagans, based on the Iron Age site in Anglesey, is due to start in May. This will be a community focused project and will involve many volunteers. To prepare for this project and future developments at St Fagans we have introduce a staff training programme with the support of our Community Partners, focusing on key areas of working with and supporting people, such as Language, Communication and Working with ESOL Learners and Mental Health Awareness. The training has been very popular with staff and individual departments have requested it be rolled out further. We look forward to developing more training opportunities for Museum staff and Community Partners in Year 2.
So all in all it’s been a good year. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Our Museum and working at St Fagans. It is a wonderful environment to work in and the exciting developments that are happening at the moment make for a very exciting few years in which Our Museum will have a large role to play.
Da iawn gyfeillion y gwanwyn!
Da iawn bawb sydd wedi anfon cofnodion blodau a thywydd yr wythnos hon!
Gan fod y planhigion mor hwyr yn blodeuo eleni, rydyn ni’n ymestyn y dyddiad cau ar gyfer Cofnodion Blodau tan ddydd Gwener 19 Ebrill. Gobeithio y bydd eich planhigion wedi cael cyfle i dyfu erbyn hynny!
Mae’r dyddiad cau ar gyfer Cofnodion Tywydd yr un peth, sef diwedd yr wythnos yma. Cofiwch eu hanfon erbyn dydd Gwener 29 Mawrth. A chofiwch anfon eich lluniau ar gyfer y gystadleuaeth tynnu lluniau erbyn dydd Gwener 29 Mawrth hefyd!
Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi gyd am eich gwaith caled yn fy helpu i gyda’r ymchwiliad pwysig yma! Bydd pawb a anfonodd gofnodion yn derbyn Tystysgrif Gwyddonydd Gwych a phensil Gwyddonydd Gwych! Bydd yr ysgol sydd wedi anfon y mwyaf o wybodaeth Bylbiau’r Gwanwyn hefyd yn ennill taith gweithgaredd natur!
Byddaf yn cyhoeddi’r enillydd ar 22 Ebrill, a bydd y rhai fydd yn ail a thrydydd yn cael gwobrau hefyd. Byddaf yn anfon tystysgrifau a phensiliau i ysgolion ar 6 Mai ac yn anfon canlyniadau Ymchwiliad Bylbiau’r Gwanwyn erbyn diwedd mis Mai.
Os na fydd eich blodau wedi agor erbyn y dyddiad cau, nodwch hynny ar y ffurflen cofnodi Blodau a’i hanfon ataf. Gallwch fynd â’ch planhigion adre gyda chi dros y gwyliau os hoffech chi, neu gadw llygad arnynt yn yr ysgol. Bob blwyddyn, fydd rhai o’n bylbiau ni ddim yn agor. Peidiwch â theimlo’n rhy drist os fydd hyn yn digwydd i chi achos mae’n dal i fod yn rhan bwysig iawn o’r wybodaeth wyddonol, a byddwch chi’n dal i gael tystysgrif a phensil!
Blodau pwy sydd wedi agor yr wythnos yma?
Mae blodauHywel Da Primary School, Ysgol Gynradd Talybont, Coed-y-Lan Primary, Darran Park Primary¸St Joseph's Primary School (Penarth) ac Henllys CIW Primary yng Nghymru, a Ysgol Gynradd Stanford in the Vale, Archbishop Hutton's Primary School, St. Mary's RC Primary School (Lancashire) ac St Nicholas Primary School yn Lloegr wedi agor! Llongyfarchiadau a diolch am anfon eich cofnodion.
Wyddoch chi hyn?
- Dyw eira ddim yn anarferol ym mis Mawrth nac Ebrill. Mewn gwirionedd, mae’n fwy tebygol o fwrw eira adeg y Pasg nag yw hi adeg y Nadolig!
Derek y dyn tywydd wnaeth ddweud hyn wrtha i! Mae Derek yn dweud y bydd hi’n oer yr wythnos yma gyda gwyntoedd dwyreiniol ond mae’n bosibl y bydd ychydig yn fwynach erbyn dydd Gwener y Groglith.
Hoffech chi fynd am dro i chwilio am flodau gwyllt y gwanwyn? Beth am fynd i wefan Coed Cadw i weld faint o bethau gwych y gwanwyn allwch chi sylwi arnynt – gan gynnwys cynffonnau ?yn bach, coed yn eu blodau, cân y gwcw a gwenyn.
Your questions, my answers:
Tynewater Primary School: We've had quite a lot of snow this which is still lying although beginning to melt. Our bulbs are barely showing through the earth - even the ones in the pots. We are on holiday for the next two weeks and if the bulbs are not showing any progress we will move them where they get a bit more sun than they do at the moment. Sorry again that we are irregular with our data. We are still keeping the information. Prof P: Thanks for the fantastic update TynewaterSchool, I hope that the new flower record deadline will give your flowers a little more time to grow.
Glyncollen Primary School: Nearly all our daffodils are open. Our crocuses have also opened. We still don't know what our mystery bulbs are. We hope we don't get any snow! Prof P: Wonderful news! I bet they look beautiful!
Stanford in the Vale Primary School: A mixture of cold winds, rain and a hopeful spring day, which turned to rain! Stanford Gardening Club. Prof P: Great weather reporting Stanford in the Vale!
Newport Primary School: It snowed at the beginning of this week and was really cold especially in the morning. The wind was very chilly. By the end of the week it warmed up a wee bit. Prof P: You are very dedicated scientists to keep sending your weather reports when it’s so cold and snowy - well done Newport Primary.I hope you all have nice warm coats on when you go outside to record the weather!
Oakfield Primary School: What do you think about this week’s rainfall? Prof P: We had a lot of rain on Friday in Cardiff, didn’t we Oakfield? My rain gauge was quite full too.
Greyfriars RC Primary School: crocuses are starting to grow. Prof P: I am very glad, please keep sending in your records Greyfriars, you are doing a great job.
Newburgh Primary School: Our first crocus has flowered! We recorded this at the end of the day on Friday so we'll send details on Monday. Prof P: Hooray! And thank you for sending your crocus record – you can see it on the map. If you zoom in and click on the flower it will say the name of your school!
St Joseph's Primary School (Penarth): With only a week to go before the end of term, we are very keen for our bulbs to flower. We are keeping an extremely close eye on our pots and are ready to photograph the bulbs at the first sign of a flower! Prof P: Fingers crossed for you St Joseph’s. Please do send me your photos, even if your flowers open after the deadline.
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Wythnos i fynd...
Dim ond wythnos o gofnodi sydd ar ôl tan ddiwedd Project Bylbiau’r Gwanwyn! Wythnos yn unig tan ddyddiad cau anfon eich cofnodion ata i!
Ble wnaeth y planhigion flodeuo’r wythnos hon?
Yn Lloegr, Ysgol Gynradd RAF Benson oedd y cyntaf i anfon cofnodion am flodau! Yn yr Alban, mae blodau gan Ysgol Gynradd Newburgh ac yng Nghymru, mae blodau i'w gweld yn Ysgol Iau Hen Golwyn, Ysgol Gynradd yr Eglwys yng Nghymru Magwyr, Ysgol Bodafon, Ysgol Gynradd Rogiet ac Ysgol Gynradd Oakfield. Da iawn chi a diolch am anfon eich canlyniadau.
Yw’ch planhigion chi’n blodeuo? O’u cymharu â’r llynedd, mae’n blodau ni’n hwyr iawn yn agor!
Erbyn yr amser hyn y llynedd, roedd crocysau wedi blodeuo mewn 27 ysgol, ond dim ond deg ysgol sydd wedi cofnodi bod eu crocysau wedi agor hyd yn hyn eleni.
Erbyn yr amser hyn y llynedd, roedd 26 ysgol wedi anfon eu cofnodion Cennin Pedr, ond dim ond pedair ysgol sydd wedi gweld cennin Pedr yn blodeuo hyd yn hyn eleni.
Beth yw’r rheswm dros hyn? Dyma nifer ohonoch chi’n sôn am y tywydd oer a’r eira ym mis Chwefror, ac mae eich cofnodion tywydd yn dangos nad näed oes llawer o law wedi disgyn yn ddiweddar. Pan fyddwch chi i gyd wedi anfon eich cofnodion tywydd, bydda i’n edrych am gliwiau i esbonio pam fod y blodau mor hwyr...
Mae Gwyddonwyr Tywydd yn y Swyddfa Dywydd yn dweud bod tymheredd cyfartalog yn y DU dros y gaeaf wedi bod yn ‘fwyn’ eleni – doedd y gaeaf eleni ddim mor oer a gaeafau eraill. Maen nhw hefyd yn dweud bod y DU wedi gweld llai o law nag arfer yn Ionawr a Chwefror. Ys gwn i os yw eich cofnodion tywydd chi yn dangos yr un peth?
- Yr enw am astudio’r tywydd yn wyddonol yw Meteoroleg a’r enw am wyddonwyr tywydd yw Meteorolegwyr!
- Pryd mae’r gwanwyn yn dechrau? Pan fydd Meteorolegwyr yn cofnodi’r tywydd byddan nhw’n dweud bod y gwanwyn yn dechrau ar 1 Mawrth ac yn gorffen ar 31 Mai. Ond mae llawer o bobl yn dweud bod y gwanwyn yn dechrau ar gyhydnos y gwanwyn ar 20 Mawrth – yr wythnos hon!
Hoffech chi wneud Ymchwiliad Gwyddonol Gwych gyda’ch planhigion? Rydw i wedi meddwl am arbrofion arbenig y gallwch chi roi cynnig arnyn nhw yn yr ysgol! Allwch chi dwyllo eich crocws? All eich cennin Pedr symud? Cliciwch y ddolen i weld mwy: Syniadau ymchwil Athro’r Ardd.
Eich cwestiynau, fy atebion:
Ysgol Nant Y Coed: Some pupils have 6 crocuses in one bulb. Prof P: Gosh that is unusual!
St Mary's Catholic Primary School: Our flowers are being very shy and staying out of sight! Prof P: That’s very sweet! Hopefully they will feel a bit braver soon and show their faces!
Greyfriars RC Primary School: We are having fun are you? Prof P: I am so glad! Yes I am having fun with my bulbs too, thanks for asking!
Newport Primary School: Weather just got colder this week. Crocus bulbs are through but there are none flowering just now. Prof P: Good work Newport Primary, flowering is very late indeed this year.
St Joseph's Primary School (Penarth): We are disappointed that our bulbs have not flowered yet but we can see that some of them are growing well and are nearly ready to flower. Hopefully we will have some interesting pictures to send you next week. Prof P: I hope so too St Joseph’s! I would love to see your pictures.
Gladestry C.I.W. School: went to Cardiff on a school trip on thurs Prof P: I hope you had fun in Cardiff.
Glyncollen Primary School: Our daffodils and crocuses have opened. We will send you photos this week. Prof P: Hooray! I look forward to seeing your photos.
Coppull Parish Primary School: Sorry for not doing the weather on Monday. Prof P: That’s okay Coppull Parish, thanks for letting me know and keep up the good work.
Bwlchgwyn C P School: we have 30 shoots. Prof P: That’s great news!
Thorneyholme RC Primary School: Hi p.p on Friday we got 220mm of rain. Prof P: That really is a lot of rain!
Ysgol Porth Y Felin: To p.p we didn't have a record on thursday because of a school trip, and we’ve started measuring the tallest plant which is now 21.5cm tall. Prof P: Did you have fun on your school trip? Good measuring Ysgol Porth Y Felin.
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Bron ar Ben!
Helo blantos y bylbiau,
Cofiwch bod angen i chi anfon pob adroddiad tywydd a chofnod blodau ata i erbyn ddydd Gwener 29 Mawrth. Dim ond tair wythnos sydd ar ôl i chi anfon eich data!
Peidiwch poeni os nad yw’r planhigion wedi blodeuo eto, mae tair wythnos yn amser hir. Mae canlyniadau’r blynyddoedd diwethaf yn awgrymu bydd y rhan fwyaf o’r blodau wedi agor erbyn diwedd Mawrth.
Bydd pob disgybl yn yr ysgolion fydd yn anfon eu cofnodion yn derbyn Tystysgrif Gwyddonydd Gwych fel yr un yn y llun! Ond bydd pawb yn derbyn gwobr arbennig arall eleni – pensel Gwyddonydd Gwych i gofnodi canlyniadau eich arbrofion, felly cofiwch anfon eich cofnodion!
Ble wnaeth y planhigion flodeuo’r wythnos hon?
Dangosodd blog yr wythnos diwethaf taw Ysgol Nant Y Coed oedd y cyntaf yng Nghymru i gofnodi bod eu blodau wedi agor, a’r wythnos hon mae mwy o blant yr ysgol wedi anfon cofnodion blodeuo! Mae blodau Ysgol Nant Y Coed yn tyfu’n dda iawn. Ys gwn i os welodd Llandudno lawer mwy o haul na gweddill Cymru?
Mae Greyfriars RC Primary School yn St Andrews, yr Alban wedi cofnodi hefyd bod y crocysau yn blodeuo ac mae Ysgol Iau Aberdaugleddau yn Sir Benfro wedi cofnodi bod crocysau a chennin Pedr wedi blodeuo! Da iawn i’r ddwyn ysgol.
Pan fydd y cennin Pedr yn blodeuo, cofiwch fynd ati i dynnu llun! Gallwch chi anfon eich lluniau ata i a chymryd rhan yn yGystadleuaeth Darlunio Cennin Pedr. Bydda i’n chwilio am ddarluniau prydferth, ond mae’n rhaid labelu darnau’r blodyn yn glir hefyd. Gallwch chi weld esiamplau gwych o enillwyr y blynyddoedd diwethaf yma.
Eich cwestiynau, fy atebion:
Rhydypenau Primary School: We had rain over the weekend, that is why our gauge was full. Prof P: Thank you for the explanation Rhydypenau, that's really helpful!
Ysgol Nant Y Coed: Some of the crocus bulbs have flowered so we're sending that information now too. Prof P: Fantastic news! Thanks for your flowering records.
SS Philip and James Primary School: We really enjoyed doing it and remembered to do it every day, we hope that we can do it again soon. Phil+Jim bulb team aka Isaac and William. Prof P: I am so pleased that you are enjoying it so much – I love recording the weather too!
Henllys CIW Primary: still no flowers. Prof P: It's exciting to see your flowers open, but your report that they have not opened is very valuable scientific information too! It could tell us a lot about how cold it has been this winter or how much sunshine we have had.
St Joseph's Primary School (Penarth): We have noticed that our plants continue to grow but we are keeping a very close eye on them to see which one will flower first - we can't wait! Prof P: I feel the same every morning when I look at my plants too.
Greyfriars RC Primary School: 11 daffodils are in bud. A's crocus is the only one growing but all the other daffodils but A's, why is A's daffodil not growing? Prof P: This is a very good question! I’m sorry that your daffodil is not growing A, you haven’t done anything wrong! I am glad your crocus is growing instead. Sadly we do have a small number of bulbs every year that do not grow, it happened to some of mine last year. The reason it happens is unclear. When a daffodil doesn't make a flower gardeners say that the plant has gone 'blind' - as it has no flower head.
Ysgol Porth Y Felin: we had our holidays on the 11 - 15 week so we'll skip a week. everythings ok there hasn't been much rain and the temperature has been a little high!
from porth y felin. Prof P: Many thanks!
Kilmaron Special School: The school was on holiday on Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday we had very heavy snow and although the rain gauge only had 3mm in it there was almost 6cm of snow by 2pm. The gauge is in quite a sheltered place as we had problems with a pupil seeking it out and emptying it. Prof P: Good idea to move your rain gauge to keep it safe.
Glyncollen Primary School: We hope our flowers open this week as well. Prof P: Fingers crossed!
Kilmaron Special School: Still no signs of our crocus bulbs although the ones planted years ago in our other raised beds are blooming and the ones in the grass next to our raised bed are almost out. Prof P: Keep watching them Kilmaron!
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Cofnodion blodau 1af yr Alban a Chymru!
Llongyfarchiadau i Tulliallan Primary School am anfon cofnodion blodau Bylbiau’r Gwanwyn cyntaf y flwyddyn! Dim ond un diwrnod oedd rhwng dyddiadau blodeuo’r crocysau a’r cennin Pedr, gyda’r crocysau yn blodeuo ar 17 Ionawr a’r cennin Pedr cyntaf yn blodeuo ar 18 Ionawr.
Gan fod yr Alban ymhellach i’r Gogledd na Chymru a Lloegr byddan nhw fel arfer yn cael gaeafau oerach a mwy o eira. Mae hyn yn golygu y bydd planhigion fel arfer yn blodeuo’n hwyrach. Llynedd agorodd y blodau yn gynt yng Nghymru a Lloegr, felly mae’n dipyn o syndod bod y blodau cyntaf eleni wedi ymddangos yn yr Alban! Dyma un o’r pethau gwych am fod yn wyddonydd – gall canlyniadau arbrofion yn aml ein synnu ni!
Yr ail ysgol i anfon eu cofnodion blodau ata i oedd Ysgol Nant Y Coed yn Llandudno. Agorodd crocysau tri o’r plant ar yr un diwrnod, 1 Mawrth. Dyma’r cofnodion cyntaf yng Nghymru, a hynny ar Ddydd G?yl Dewi! Da iawn Ysgol Nant Y Coed!
Ys gwn i ble fydd y blodau nesaf yn agor?
Pan fydd eich blodau chi’n agor, cofiwch anfon eich data ata i. Gallwch chi weld ar y map ble mae’r blodau wedi agor yn barod.
- Gall pob disgybl yn y dosbarth anfon eu cofnodion blodau. Mae’r holl ddata fyddwn ni’n ei dderbyn yn cael ei ddefnyddio i ganfod dyddiad blodeuo cyfartalog pob ysgol. Gwyliwch y siart crocysau a’r siart cennin Pedr i weld y tablau yn newid wrth i fwy o ddata gyrraedd. Mae’n bwysig ofnadwy bod pob disgybl yn anfon eu cofnodion, fel bod y wefan yn gallu cyfrifo dyddiad blodeuo cyfartalog yr ysgol.
- Bydd y cennin Pedr yn troi ei ben i lawr ychydig cyn blodeuo. Fydd y blodyn ddim wedyn yn llenwi â d?r ar ôl agor.
Byddwn i wrth fy modd yn gweld lluniau o’ch blodau chi hefyd. Gofynnwch i’ch athro e-bostio unrhyw ffotograffau ata i!
Dyw fy mhlanhigion i yma yng Nghaerdydd heb flodeuo eto. Mae’r blagur ar un o’r crocysau yn dechrau troi’n borffor, felly efallai eu bod nhw ar y ffordd. Mae blagur ar y cennin Pedr hefyd ond mae nhw dal yn wyrdd.
Eich cwestiynau, fy atebion:
St Nicholas Primary School rain gauge stolen. Prof P: Sorry to hear that St Nicholas Primary. I have put a new one into the post for you, I hope it arrives soon.
Ysgol Y Ffridd Glawiad Dydd Llun yn llawn ers y gwyliau. Athro'r Ardd: Mae'n rhaid ei bod hi wedi bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn yn yr ysgol dros y gwyliau! Diolch am roi gwybod i fi.
Milford Haven Junior School Temp in playground was much colder because of the wind chill factor. Prof P: Brrrr! I hope you were all wrapped up warm when you went outside to play.
Ysgol Porth Y Felin to pp we have a problem with one of the plants. It has creamy browny little things in the pot that look like mini shell pastas. We don't know what they are. ysgol porth y felin. Prof P: Gosh, they sound curious. I wonder if they could be the brownish leaves that protect the plant just before the shoots start to grow? Maybe you could take a photo and ask your teacher to send it to me? I might know what they are if I saw them!
Ysgol Nant Y Coed We have buds on the crocus and daffodils now but none of them have opened yet. The mystery bulb has grown the biggest! Prof P: That’s great news! Keep an eye on them and let me know as soon as they open.
Darran Park Primary Mystery plant has grown quite well the rest of the bulbs are slowly growing. Prof P: Thanks for your plant update Darran Park Primary.
Glyncollen Primary School Many thanks for our new rain gauge. You also sent us a new thermometer but on a slip of paper in the box it said St. Mary's. We were wondering if it was meant for us or should we send it back to you? Can you please let us know. The leaves on our flowers are growing well. Bye for now - Yr.4 Prof P: Oops! I sent out two rain gauges on the same day and things must have got mixed up. Sorry Glyncollen. I have emailed your teacher about the thermometer – thanks for letting me know about the mix up.
Greyfriars RC Primary School Dear Professor Plant, we are a bit confused because only one crocus is flowering and only one daffodil is flowering. Prof P: Congratulations Greyfriars School! You are now the second Scottish School to have flowers! You now need to enter you flower data on to the website to make it OFFICIAL! Remember: You can enter flower data as soon the very first flower opens. You record the date it opened and the height of the tallest part of your plant. Then as each new flower opens you can enter its data on the website too – you don’t have to wait until they are all open. Plants grow at different rates – some grow quickly, some take longer to grow - just like children! I am sure your other flowers will 'catch up' soon.
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Wythnos Hinsawdd 4-10 Mawrth 2013
Helo blantos y bylbiau!
Mae hi’n Wythnos Genedlaethol Hinsawdd wythnos nesaf – amser da i feddwl am newid hinsawdd, sut mae’n effeithio arnon ni a sut allwn ni ofalu am y blaned.
Ers 150 mlynedd mae gwyddonwyr ym mhob rhan o’r byd wedi bod yn mesur tymheredd a glawiad, yn union fel y byddwch chi’n ei wneud wrth ymchwilio i fylbiau’r gwanwyn! Mae’r gwyddonwyr wedi gweld bod tymereddau ar draws y byd yn codi, a bod patrwm glawiad yn newid hefyd.
Gallai tywydd cynhesach a rhagor o law helpu’r crocysau a’r cennin Pedr i dyfu, ond mae cynhesu byd-eang hefyd yn golygu bydd mwy o dywydd eithafol – eira trwm, stormydd, llifogydd a sychder!
Rydyn ni wedi gweld llawer o lifogydd a mwy o eira yn y DU dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf. Llynedd, cyhoeddodd y Swyddfa Dywydd taw 2012 oedd yr ail flwyddyn fwyaf gwlyb yn y DU ers dechrau cofnodi, a’r flwyddyn wlypaf erioed yn Lloegr.
Mae nifer o’r gwyddonwyr gorau yn cytuno bod lefelau llygredd yn cyfrannu at gynhesu byd-eang, felly beth allwn ni ei wneud i helpu?
Defnyddio ynni’n effeithiol! Os ydyn ni’n defnyddio llai o ynni, rydyn ni’n creu llai o lygredd. Sut? Gallwn ni wneud pethau bach syml bob dydd i arbed llawer o ynni gartref neu yn yr ysgol. Er enghraifft, mae diffodd y teledu neu’r cyfrifiadur pan fydd neb yn ei ddefnyddio yn arbed llawer o ynni!
Beth arall allwch chi ei wneud i arbed ynni? Beth am drafod yn y dosbarth? Gallech chi hefyd edrych ar y cyflwyniad yma ar gynhesu byd eang – mae rhai syniadau eraill yma am arbed ynni.
Os oes diddordeb gyda chi mewn dysgu beth arall allwch chi ei wneud ar gyfer Wythnos Hinsawdd, ewch i’r wefan.
Eich cwestiynau, fy atebion:
Thorneyholme RC Primary School PP, We were off on Wednesday afternoon, and our mystery blubs are growing. Prof P: Can you guess what they are yet Thorneyholme or are they still a mystery?
Lakeside Primary Sorry about all the non recorded dates. Prof P: That’s okay! Sometimes I have to miss a day recording too. Keep up the good work.
Ysgol Capelulo We have not got any flowers yet :( Prof P: Don’t be sad Ysgol Capelulo, my plants haven’t got flowers yet either… I am sure they will come soon.
RAF Benson Primary School Some our daffodils and crocuses have started growing. Prof P: That’s great news!
Newport Primary School It has been quite good weather here this week with no rain and some sunshine but the last couple of days have been really cold and quite dull. On Sunday 17th we had an almost spring day and we were all able to get out and have a good time as it was really sunny and felt quite warm. Prof P: Excellent weather reporting NewportPrimary School! Really detailed, thank you! It has been very cold here in Cardiff too.
Balcurvie Primary School Our big rainfall on Monday was after the half term holiday when it snowed heavily! Great fun for us but not for our poor wee bulbs! Prof P: Sounds like you have been having some extreme weather in Scotland! I am glad you have been enjoying it Balcurvie.
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