BGS National Landslide Database

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Key information

Great Britain
Free / Licensed
GIS point data/database tables

Index data: WMS layer available under OGL or via the BGS GeoIndex web service. Download available on request.

Dataset with full attribution: License required, price on request. Site specific reports are available via GeoReports.

Site-level to local-level use

The BGS National Landslide Database (NLD) is the most extensive source of information on landslides in Great Britain. Each data point is regarded as a reference of a reported landslide event.

The database currently holds over 17 000 records which are continually being updated. New records are added as landslide information is made available. These data come from a variety of sources including social media, published BGS geological maps and active surveys. Other sources include commissioned and research studies, information from the public and a number of regional databases inherited or compiled by BGS since the 1970s, including the Department of the Environment (DoE) National Landslide Database constructed in the 1990s.

Each landslide event is documented as fully as is possible, with information on:

  • location
  • name
  • size/dimensions
  • type
  • trigger
  • damage caused
  • movement date
  • age
  • plus full bibliographic reference

The level of detail is determined by the source of the original reference.

Where the record has been through the QA process, the original reference has been checked for the reported location information and the point location has been amended as appropriate.

landslide Database Map
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Landslide database map. BGS © UKRI – Contains OS data © Crown copyright 2020

Full dataset

  • includes all attributes as recorded in NLD including full reference information
  • over 17 000 total entries available
  • data supplied as individual PDF reports, Excel file and/or GIS shapefile

Index data

  • ten attributes: landslide ID, survey number, landslide name, location, easting, northing, plus or minus (metres), date of landslide, checked by BGS, details (reference)
  • over 17 000 total entries available
  • this is a free dataset available as a WMS layer or via the onshore GeoIndex hazard theme

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