Government and agencies

About BGS – Our data and services

As a world-leading geoscience organisation, we provide independent and authoritative advice to the UK government and the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our geoscience data, information, knowledge and expertise support evidence-based policy development and decision-making across the UK public sector.

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We advise and partner with national regulators and statutory bodies, and interact with local authorities across the UK. Source: BGS © UKRI

If you are interest about our public role, please visit the Government and policy page.

We provide technical advice to all areas of government and the public sector on geoscience and its impact on Government and society. With a wealth of expertise across a broad range of geological disciplines, we can arrange this on a project by project basis or set up longer term provision of advice whereby you can call on BGS as and when you need us.

BGS also works in long-term partnerships and in responsive arrangements across the public sector in response to commissions to meet the specific needs of the individual organisations, including strategic overseas projects.

Example of recent projects are:.

  • FCDO
  • BEIS
  • Mineral planning
  • Contaminated land

Need more information?

Please contact the BGS enquiries team

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BGS offers a variety of services and products for the general public, including reports, geological maps in digital and printed versions, books, posters and guides, and mobile applications, available online and in our on-site shops.

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