Press releases

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


Section of the Cheshire Plain

Britain's ancient valleys now uncovered

Beneath the surface of Great Britain are hundreds of ancient buried valleys, which have now been mapped for the first time by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The buried valleys occur across Britain, from a 162m deep valley in Grangemouth, Scotland, to a 22km long valley under Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and a 50m deep valley under Swansea.



12 July 2019

Karen Hanghoj
Today, it was announced that Karen Hanghøj will take up the role of Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS) from October 2019.


3 July 2019

Frodsham wind farm at dusk. ©Peter Corcoran.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWACC) has unanimously approved the British Geological Survey's (BGS) planning application to site a UK Geoenergy Observatory at Ince Marshes in the north of the county.


2 July 2019

The Lyell Centre
Akvaplan-niva has visited the Lyell Centre, a strategic partnership between British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU).


13 June 2019

BGS staff member Melanie Leng
Professor Melanie Leng, Chief Scientist for Environmental Change Adaptation and Resilience at the British Geological Survey (BGS) was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019.


11 June 2019

Satellite images are increasingly used

NERC has awarded £950 000 to the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) via its National Capability funding.

The BGS has worked with NERC since 2014 to deliver cutting-edge research on earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as hazard monitoring services, through COMET.

COMET brings together satellite measurements, ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and to help understand the hazards they pose, for national and public good. These activities enable COMET and the wider research community to produce a broad range of world-leading research.



7 June 2019

The Lyell Centre

Richard Lochhead, the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, is updated on the capabilities of the Lyell Centre’s RD2 drill system by offshore electrical engineer Michael Wilson.



29 May 2019

14 mile landslide NH 55, Darjeeling

The BGS has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) alongside King’s College London (KCL) with the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita). The three institutions will be collaborating on landslide research activities that will mutually benefit India and the UK.

The main aim is to develop regional thresholds for landslide warnings from the real-time data of Amrita’s field deployments in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.



23 May 2019

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) will be introducing people of all ages to the depths of our research and knowledge at the Edinburgh Science Festival next week.

During the day on Tuesday 16 April, a team of BGS geologists, seismologists, volcanologists, marine geoscientists, informatics experts and more, will host a drop-in event at the festival, called 'Delving Into The Deep'. A wide range of creative, hands-on activities will be on offer to help children and adults better understand the work that we do in the UK and around the world.



11 April 2019

NEIF laboratory

Five of the UK’s leading research institutions — the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) — have joined forces to create a new national isotope facility.

The new facility, which includes laboratories across the UK, will drive advances in the earth and environmental sciences, spanning 4.6 billion years of earth system evolution. Research conducted through the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF) will focus on a wide range of earth processes, from earthquakes and ecosystem function to human evolution and climate change.

NEIF is funded by the UK Research and Innovation and the Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC), and will streamline how the UK’s earth and environmental research community accesses some of the most cutting-edge analytical instrumentation, expertise and training available.



11 April 2019