The datasets below are made available as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Services (WMS). View in compatible software.
They can also be accessed by websites that use a map-based interface to connect to WMS services, allowing data from different providers to be visualised spatially and compared.
E.g. OneGeology — dynamic digital geological map data for the world at a scale of about 1: 1 million. Access the data through the OneGeology Portal.
Many of these services contribute to BGS complying with the EU INSPIRE directive.
These data are delivered under the terms of the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]". Contact us if you create something new and innovative that could benefit others email@example.com
June 2015: A number of our WMS addresses have changed. Please check and update your applications to use these new addresses. Where possible we have implemented redirects from the retired addresses. Contact us for further details.
BGS data WMS services
Connect to the WMS format data services from the links below:
- British geology onshore digital maps
1:50 000 scale
- UK onshore and offshore bedrock and superficial geology
1:625 000 scale
- Offshore marine information products
Offshore 1:250 000 scale bedrock geology and sea bed sediment
- Samples of high resolution ground stability data
1:50 000 scale
- Soil data
From the UK Soil Observatory
- Advanced Soil Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales
5700 surface soil samples (0-15 cm), collected across England and Wales, analysed for 52 major and trace elements (eg aluminium, calcium, rubidium, lanthanum, selenium etc).
- TellusSW airborne geophysical data
Airborne geophysical data for the counties of Cornwall and parts of Devon and Somerset
- GeoIndex datasets
Over 70 onshore and offshore layers including boreholes, earthquakes, landslides, fossils, hydrogeology, rock samples, geochemistry and geophysics
- Normal background concentrations of contaminants
Domain polygons for normal background concentrations (NBCs) of contaminants in English soils