BGS National Landslide Database

The BGS National Landslide Database (NLD) is the most extensive source of information on landslides in Great Britain. Selected information from the database is now available as a free online resource as part of our online GIS — the GeoIndex, where you will need to select the Hazards theme.

The database currently holds over 17 000 records which are continually being updated. New records are added as landslide information is made available.

Data sources

A geologist from the Landslides Team using the National Landslide Database and GIS

These data come from a variety of sources including 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.

GIS point data

Each landslide is documented as fully as possible with information on location, name, size and dimensions, landslide type, trigger, damage caused, movement date, age and with a full bibliographic reference. The database is linked to a GIS which displays the landslides as point data.

National Landslide Database (left) and map showing the data distribution (right) Coastline ©Crown Copyright.  All rights reserved. BGS 100017897/2009.

Contact the Landslide Response Team

British Geological Survey
NG12 5GG
E-mail: Landslides team
Telephone: 0115 936 3143
Fax: 0115 936 3276