The BGS is a data-rich organisation with over 400 datasets in its care; including environmental monitoring data, digital databases, physical collections (borehole core, rocks, minerals and fossils), records and archives. Our data is managed by the National Geoscience Data Centre.
A full list of our datasets are available on Discovery Metadata.
OpenGeoscience is a service that provides a wide range of freely available geoscience information allowing you to view maps, download data, scans, photos and other information. To encourage the use and re-use of this data we have wherever possible made the data within OpenGeoscience available under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]".
Browse a UK map of a selection of our digital products
Free downloads of reports, datasets and software
Data in open formats for GIS: WMS, KML and linked data
iGeology, mySoil and more!
Our products: a wide range of licensed GIS and tabular geoscience data. The datasets available have typically been developed on a national scale and range from the reference geological data family (DiGMapGB) to offshore bathymetric data, ground stability datasets and 3D models.
Search over a million borehole (and well) records held by the
BGS in the National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC).
Order copies online (either paper or digital).
Online ordering of site specific geoscience reports. Available for a number of geoscience topics including: ground stability, flooding and radon across Britain.
The National Geological Repository (NGR) is a national science facility and comprises borehole cores, cuttings, samples, specimens, and related subsurface information from the UK landmass and continental shelf. These collections are used extensively by industry, in research, and to support university teaching.
The National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) comprises data gathered or generated by the BGS or its precursors, as part of its national strategic mapping programme, in addition to data provided by external organisations.
We have the most comprehensive collection of geoscience information of Great Britain at the NGDC — for academic and commercial users.
The BGS is part of a network of world data centres.
The Geomagnetism team of the BGS hosts the World Data Centre for Geomagnetism (Edinburgh) as part of the World Data Centre (WDC) system established by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).
'Groundhog' is a new digital tool from the BGS which delivers 3D geological models to communities, planners and policy makers.
Contact Digital data for more information.
See Discovery Metadata for all our datasets.