Non-commercial use of BGS copyright material

The copyright of all materials derived from the BGS's work is vested in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The BGS gives non-exclusive permission to reproduce free of charge:

  • any BGS copyright figures, sketches, illustrations 1, diagrams, photographs, map extracts and cross-sections appearing on this website (but excluding any BGS-hosted websites); and / or
  • any BGS copyright figures, sketches, illustrations, diagrams, photographs, map extracts and cross-sections from any BGS published academic papers, books, reports, guides or maps2

for non-commercial private study, research and educational activities uses, subject to appropriate acknowledgement and compliance with any other stated terms and conditions of use related to specific content.

Non-commercial use means any use that is not Commercial.

The BGS encourages the use of its materials in promoting geological and environmental sciences.

Please send feedback about using BGS IPR material to usingbgsdata@bgs.ac.uk

Important points to note

  • Your use of any materials supplied by the British Geological Survey (BGS) is at your own risk. Neither the BGS nor the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) gives any warranty, condition or representation as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of the information or its suitability for any use or purpose. All implied conditions relating to the quality or suitability of the information, and all liabilities arising from the supply of the information (including any liability arising in negligence) are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Most BGS maps make use of Ordnance Survey topography, reproduction of which may be permitted by the licences issued independently by the Ordnance Survey. Users who do not have an Ordnance Survey licence to reproduce the topography must make their own arrangements with the Ordnance Survey. An OS licence/permission does not authorise the reproduction of BGS maps. Likewise, a BGS licence/permission does not authorise the reproduction of OS material.

1.This does not include the ‘BGS logo + British Geological Survey’ identifier displayed at the top of these web pages, which is a Registered Community Trade Mark of Natural Environment Research Council. Use or reproduction of this trade mark for any purpose must be with the prior written permission of BGS – enquiries should be directed to ipr@bgs.ac.uk

2.The non-exclusive permission to reproduce relates only to map extracts and NOT to reproduction of entire published map sheets.

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