GeoIndex WMS services

Patchwork GeoIndex

GeoIndex datasets are made available as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Services (WMS). View in compatible software or in portal-style websites that use a map-based interface to connect to WMS services.

These web services allow you to bring the GeoIndex data layers into your own mapping software (GIS systems etc) to be viewed and compared alongside your own data and data from other providers.

GeoIndex web services support WMS 1.3.0 and WMS 1.1.1. The addresses you need to connect to the data from the various Geoindex themes are provided below. Please note that the geology data included in GeoIndex are available from separate WMS services.

Terms of use:

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

The BGS provides no warranty as to the quality, accuracy, completeness of this free map data or the medium on which it is supplied. This includes any warranty as to the continued provision of material or that the material taken from this site is compatible with your computer system and/or any other data with which the material is to be used.


Tutorial videos showing how to include a WMS in an ArcGIS or MapInfo project.

Can't use WMS?

Try the GeoIndex viewer if you are unable to use a WMS service.

Service addresses

Enter the addresses below into your WMS client.


Civil engineering






Local government

Map products


Offshore (new Beta version)

More details about the offshore (new Beta version) theme.

This new view and download service is currently under development. The downloadable data are freely available under an OGL with suitable acknowledgement.


This view only service is no longer supported and will be discontinued in the future. It is being replaced by our new view and download service.

Offshore (cultural data)

More details about the offshore (cultural data) theme

Offshore (MEDIN oil and gas industry site surveys)

More details about offshore MEDIN oil and gas industry site surveys