General public

About BGS — Our products and services

We offer a variety of services and products for the general public, available online and in our on-site shops, including:

  • reports
  • geological maps in digital and printed versions
  • books
  • posters and guides
  • mobile applications
BGS services for the public
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BGS offers a variety of services and products for the general public, including reports, maps, books and mobile applications. ©iStock.com/Dmytro Varavin.

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Services for homeowners

We have a range of information available to help your home-buying process, such as geological assessments, ground stability (subsidence) reports and radon risk reports. We can also provide natural ground-stability condition reports, including information about collapsible ground, compressible ground, dissolution, landslide, running sand and swelling clay.

Through GeoReports you can have cost-effective access to unique sources of published and unpublished geological data, combined with expert advice from BGS scientists. If you are interested in ground conditions for drilling, investigation or house purchase or if you are concerned about any other specific hazard, then GeoReports can help you.

Radon protection reports

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that enters buildings from the ground and can cause lung cancer. If you are buying, building or extending a home, then you need to know about radon, and there are several reports available for you, including:

  • radon protective measures for new builds and extensions: reports, occurrence and risks
  • radon in workplaces

Homes with addresses including postcodes

If the home has a full postal address including a postcode then you can obtain a Radon Risk Report (£3+VAT) online from UKradon

This report will tell you if the home is in a radon affected area, which you need to know if buying or living in it, and if you need to install radon protective measures, if you are planning to extend it.

Homes with addresses not including postcodes

If you are building a new home then you are unlikely to have a full postal address for it.

You can obtain a report from GeoReports service, located using grid references or site plans, which will tell you whether you need to install radon protective measures when building the home.

More information

For further information about radon affected areas and radon protective measures see Radon data: radon potential dataset.

BGS GeoSure

The BGS GeoSure datasets identify areas of potential natural ground movement and therefore potential hazard in Great Britain. This data has been produced by our geologists and geotechnical specialists and is presented as six GIS data layers related to the geohazard.

BGS Shop

We have an online shop and on-site shop facilities at the Keyworth, Edinburgh and London sites.

In light of UK Government guidance concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), the BGS’s shops at Keyworth, Edinburgh and London are closed. We are also currently unable to supply all of our online products and many GeoReports are temporarily unavailable. We will still be able to supply the following reports via the links below:

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but will continue to monitor emails at enquiries@bgs.ac.uk if you have any questions we can help with.

Please click here for information on opening times.

Get in touch

If you would like further information about any of our research, data products or services please contact our enquiries team

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