Instruments and Fieldwork


PCE instruments

Schools, teachers and Society members in the UK can borrow instruments such as anemometers, thermometers, rain gauges, infrared thermometers and Kestrel weather stations from the Society.

We are also able to lend Kestrel weather stations to students carrying out independent investigations at A Level.

We are very grateful to PCE instruments for supporting our instrument loan scheme.

UK schools may apply to the Society for the loan of instrument packs, which include lesson resources and the instruments needed to do the fieldwork, for a period of half a term. Please contact the Head of Education at to arrange to borrow a pack. This scheme is extremely popular and we recommend requesting a pack at least 2 terms in advance to avoid disappointment.

We simply ask borrowers to cover the postage and packaging costs (approximately £13) for returning the instruments and to take responsibility for any accidents or loss whilst the instruments are on loan to you.

The contents of the instrument packs are something like:


Key Stage 2 Pack

10 Infrared thermometers

1 digital anemometer

1 raingauge

2 USB temperature dataloggers

Key Stage 3/ 4 Pack

10 Infrared thermometers

2 digital anemometers

5 USB temperature dataloggers

A level

We have some Kestrel hand-held weather stations, with tripods, wind vanes and USB download ports available to A level groups and school expeditions. Please contact the Society to discuss availability.

Fieldwork support documents:

  • Infrared Thermometers:  worksheet with ideas for use with KS2 and above science and geography students.
  • USB temperature dataloggers. Guidance document and
    report from Weather magazine.
  • Urban wind flow: a PowerPoint presentation introducing how the wind is affected by urban structures and notes for teachers introducing simple fieldwork which can be carried out in the school grounds, using bubbles.
  • Urban Heat Islands: a three lesson geography resource aimed at KS3 or higher, using a class set of simple digital thermometers to make a temperature map of the school’s catchment area. The lessons cover Urban Heat Island background information, fieldwork planning and data collection, display and analysis. Teachers notes and PowerPoints 1,
    2 and
  • School microclimate: a two lesson geography resource aimed at KS2 using an anemometer and digital thermometer. Students gather information about the wind and temperature in the school grounds, then use PhotoStory to present their results. Teachers notes and introductory PowerPoint.
  • Our top ten ideas for weather fieldwork.
  • Instructions to make your own instruments on our Experiments and Demonstrations page.
  • More ideas on our Observations and data page.

Our instruments frequently accompany school expeditions to amazing locations. Read about the glaciology study conducted by the 2009 BSES expedition to Ladakh in the Himalayas and the 2013 BSES expeditions to Norway and Ladakh.

Kestrel in Ladakh

Kestrel in Ladakh