Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.

BGS Civils: strength
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has launched new datasets for informing ground engineering design called ‘BGS Civils’. The package includes a suite of seven engineering properties for soils and rocks nationwide including strength, bulking volumes and corrosivity and has been developed to facilitate desk study screening for ground engineering projects.

29 June 2016

iGeology icon
Professional and budding geologists across the UK are heading to the coast this summer hoping to do a bit of rock spotting alongside sunbathing and building sandcastles with their kids. Based on use of the popular geology app, iGeology, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has identified their top ten most popular coastal destinations in Great Britain. Armed with the latest version of the app they will be able to identify exactly what rocks they are looking at and get the full information on their geology from the databanks at the BGS.

15 June 2016

Dr Martin Smith
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Dr Martin Smith, Science Director for BGS Global Geosciences, has received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to geological sciences.

10 June 2016

Prof John Ludden
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Professor John Ludden has received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to geoscience. Professor Ludden is an internationally leading earth scientist and the Executive Director of the BGS.

10 June 2016

The outcomes of the 11th CO2GeoNet Open Forum, including a short report, presentations and videos of speakers, are being uploaded at

26 May 2016

It is widely appreciated that toxic arsenic in well water is a devastating environmental health issue overseas in developing countries such as Bangladesh. However, the British Geological Survey, along with a PhD student from The University of Manchester, have discovered high exposure to the chemical from private water supplies here in the UK.

9 May 2016

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) last year in Paris represented a turning point for global climate change mitigation. At COP21, the decision makers and scientists unanimously asserted that urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the ambitious target of keeping average global temperature increase to less than 2°C as set out in the Paris Agreement.

5 May 2016

Anton Dohrn Seamount
The BGS has released a wealth of information on the geology of the sea bed around the UK. These data are available to download for free, accompanied by viewable maps, and will be a valuable resource for companies, researchers and decision makers in their work to ensure sustainable developments of the marine environment. The information comprises geophysical data representing 800,000 kilometres of the geology of the UK marine environment.

23 March 2016

The Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in Scotland has moved! BGS Scotland is now based at The Lyell Centre, on the Heriot-Watt university campus in Edinburgh. Two major new buildings provide large open plan offices for staff, a major new marine operation and engineering facility, the national collection of Scottish rocks and fossils together with laboratories and workshops to support the science programmes.

23 March 2016

BGS roundel
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) have today published ground breaking research that will reduce the risk of earthquakes and borehole damage caused by fracking.

1 March 2016