The International Schools Godwit Project
Velkomin! Fáilte! Welcome!
Guðný Róbertsdóttir's class at Grunnskóli Fjallabyggðar plotting the movements of godwits colour ringed near Siglufjörður in northern Iceland.
Justin Vernons Topsham School pupils looking at Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits from the hide at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Reserve on the Exe Estuary, Devon, England. (photo ©RSPB )
Because of our project on the Black-tailed Godwit our school has linked up with a school in Siglufjörður, a town in northern Iceland! This is fascinating, as the Black-tailed Godwits we see wintering here in Cork Harbour return to Iceland each spring. In fact, from our colour ringed observations some of the birds seen here have also been sighted close to Siglufjörður!
Classes from both schools have been in contact through email and also by post. We have learned about each otherís areas and interests. As we have an ongoing weather project we have also compared weather data. We have also learned some Icelandic words and have taught our Icelandic friends some Irish! CDís of traditional music of both countries have also been exchanged!
This has all happened because of our mutual interest in the Black-tailed Godwit!
Skólinn okkar hefur verið í sambandi við
skóla í Cobh sem er borg í suður Írlandi.
Ástæðan er verkefni um jaðrakana. Það er
áhugavert því að jaðrakanarnir sem við
fylgjumst með á Siglufirði fara til Írlands á
haustin. Reyndin er líka sú að merktir fuglar sem við
höfum séð á Siglufirði hafa líka sést
De bharr ár dtionscanamh ar an nGuilbneach Earrdhubh, tá
nasc déanta ag an scoil seo againne, le scoil i gCobh, i ndeisceart
Eireann! Tá sé seo fíor-shuimiúl, ós
rud é go bhfilleann na Guilbneacha a chítear anseo i gceantar
Siglufjordur, ar Eireann gach fómhar. Ní amháin sin,
ach feiceadh cuid de na fáinní daite céanna anseo,
is a fheiceadh i gceantar Cobh.
The Icelandic Black tailed Godwit breeds in Iceland during the summer and spends the rest of the year on the wetlands of Western Europe. Ireland is very important for the Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit. As much as 20% of the worlds population of Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits spend the winter in Ireland and over 2% of the world's population spend time in Cork harbour. The Black-tailed Godwit is a big wader with long legs, a long straight beak, a long white wing stripe and a black band on the tail from which it gets its English name. In the winter its plumage is mainly grey brown and in the summer its head, breast and belly turn rusty red.
U.þ.b. 20% af íslenska jaðrakanum er yfir vetrartímann á Írlandi og 2% dveljast við höfnina í Cork. Jaðrakaninn er vaðfugl, með langa fætur og langan, beinan gogg, með hvíta rönd eftir vængnum, og svarta rönd á stélinu, en þaðan kemur enska nafnið (Black-tailed Godwit). Hann breytir um lit á veturna, er þá grábrúnn, en á sumrin fær hann ryðrauðan lit á höfuð, bringu og maga.