Press releases

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


Art of Geology Exhibition
A range of art installations, from sculpture to film, will be on display for the first time in Edinburgh for one day this year, letting visitors see geology from a new perspective.


5 November 2018

Canary Wharf
Humans now have a greater effect on shaping the surface of the Earth than natural processes do. Humans move about 24 times more material around the surface of the planet than rivers move sediment to the oceans. This movement, and the resulting change to landscapes, has accelerated since the mid-20th Century. It is therefore a significant characterisation of the proposed new epoch of geological time – the Anthropocene.


2 November 2018

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

From robots and smartphone microscopes to a marine touch tank and dinosaurs – all age groups are invited to a very special Doors Open Day at the Lyell Centre on Saturday 29th September.



21 September 2018

BGS welcomes Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson to the Lyell Centre
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has welcomed former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson, to its Scottish base at the Lyell Centre in Edinburgh.


7 September 2018

BGs Data website
BGS are refreshing the data section on its website and are looking for help. We have a vast range of datasets covering a variety of different topics from onshore to marine, groundwater to earthquakes, subsidence to geochemistry. We know it’s not always easy to find what you need so are stepping back and taking a look at what works and what doesn’t. If you’re an occasional or regular visitor to the BGS website and would like an opportunity to help shape what we deliver please get in touch with the BGS data team.
Please be aware that by sharing your details with us, you are giving us permission to contact you for the purposes of the BGS data website refresh. By doing so you also give us permission to pass these details onto JBA consulting who have been commissioned to build our new site. Both BGS and JBA will only hold your details and contact you for the purpose of the BGS data website refresh and will not keep those details beyond the end of the project.


5 September 2018

Ince Marshes
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is inviting Cheshire residents to consider the proposed borehole locations for the UK Geoenergy Observatory plan for Ince Marshes in Cheshire.


31 August 2018

3D UK map

Glasgow City Council and South Lanarkshire Council have approved plans to develop a world class geothermal research observatory in the east end of the city. The research will look at the potential for warm water in disused coal mines for renewable heat.



28 August 2018

LIDAR Scanning

A rockfall took place on Wednesday 8th August 2018 at Staithes in North Yorkshire tragically killing a nine year old child. The steep cliffs at Staithes are formed of Jurassic-age sandstone, siltstone and ironstone. Lower layers of the weaker stone are easily weathered at this location leaving unsupported blocks which ultimately fall as rockfall. The recent unprecedented warm dry weather is likely to be a contributing factor. Current research has linked rockfalls to temperature fluctuations, but the research to fully understand this process is still ongoing. We would like to reiterate the warnings that the RNLI and Local Councils give regularly about staying away from cliffs. Take notice of warning signs. Do not go directly under or on top of cliffs as our coast is a dynamic environment that is changing all the time.



9 August 2018

Hydraulic Fracturing Consent

Statement from the BGS following the announcement by the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry to grant consent for hydraulic fracturing by Cuadrilla Resources at Preston New Road in Lancashire. Prof. Mike Stephenson, the lead geoscientist at the BGS and a key adviser to Government, regulators and stakeholders on shale gas geoscience, said: "Britain will need a cautious approach to shale gas development if commercial amounts of gas are found. Overall, natural gas, potentially including shale gas, provides a lower carbon fossil fuel than coal when burnt in power stations, and provides a backup for the intermittency of renewables. But shale gas exploitation must be done to very high levels of environmental assurance. The science being carried out on UK shale gas resources, environmental monitoring and subsurface development by the BGS and other research institutions will provide regulators and government with the evidence they need to achieve that environmental assurance."



25 July 2018

Assessing potential groundwater contamination in the pursuit of new energy sources
The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have developed a method of assessing the vulnerability of groundwater from onshore oil and gas extraction activities in England. This new tool will improve our understanding of the risk to groundwater.

FAQ for 3D GWV – 3D Groundwater Vulnerability; developing a method to screen for groundwater risks from below surface oil and gas extraction practices in England



23 July 2018