Soil data — WMS

Soil

BGS soil data layers from the UK Soil Observatory are made available here to view as a WMS service.

Data layers include top soil and profile soil sample data, soil texture, soil depth and soil parent material,(the upper 2-3 metres of the geology beneath our feet incorporating the weathered rocks and deposits from, and within which, soil has formed).

View in compatible software.

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 usingbgsdata@bgs.ac.uk

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.

Help!

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

Can't use WMS?

Try the UK Soil Observatory viewer if you are unable to use a WMS service.

Service address

Enter the address below into your WMS client.

https://map.bgs.ac.uk/arcgis/services/UKSO/UKSO_BGS/MapServer/WMSServer

Example WMS requests (versions 1.3.0 and 1.1.1 supported)

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

Soil parent material grain size WMS 1.3.0 requests in British National Grid (BNG)

Soil depth from boreholes WMS 1.1.1 requests in Lat/Long WGS84 (WGS84)

See the GetCapabilities response for a full list of data layers in this service.

Some of this data was previously made available via the NERC Soil Portal which has now been replaced by the UK Soil Observatory. The WMS address for the data as served to the NERC Soil Portal is still available at http://mapapps2.bgs.ac.uk/ArcGIS/services/SoilPortal/SoilPortal/MapServer/WMSServer. However users are encouraged to update their links and start using the UK Soil Observatory address. The NERC Soil Portal WMS will be retired at some point in the near future.