British geology onshore digital maps 1:50 000 scale | BGS Geology 50k — WMS

Extract of BGS Geology 50k WMS

The 1:50 000 scale geological maps for England, Wales and Scotland are available digitally as part of the Digital Geological Map of Great Britain (BGS Geology 50k) dataset and are made available here to view as a WMS service.

Layers for bedrock, superficial deposits, artificial ground, mass movement and geological linear features are included in the service.

View in compatible software.

This service is also included in the OneGeology project's data portal.


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

Can't use WMS?

Try the Geology of Britain viewer if you are unable to use a WMS service.

Service address

Enter the address below into your WMS client.

The service supports the British National Grid and Lat/Long WGS84 coordinate systems and the data is visible when zoomed in between 1:100 000 and 1:25 000 scale.

Example WMS requests (versions 1.3.0 and 1.1.1 supported)

(These produce XML files. You may have to save them to disk in order to read them.)



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.