The datasets below are made available as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web map services (WMS). They can also be accessed by websites that use a map-based interface to connect to WMS, allowing data from different providers to be visualised spatially and compared.
Many of these services contribute to the BGS complying with the EU INSPIRE directive.
To comply with cyber security accreditations required of UK government organisations, changes are being made to our OGC Web Map Services (WMS) at 17:00 on Tuesday 17th May 2022. As a result, some WMS clients may no longer be able to connect to our WMS services. For example, we are aware that this affects older versions of Esri’s ArcMAP (version 10.5.1 and earlier). Where possible, please update to the latest version of the product to continue using our services. If you have any questions or are experiencing difficulties connecting to our WMS services using other clients then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to view a WMS
WMS must be viewed in compatible software. Tutorial videos showing how to include a WMS in an ArcGIS or MapInfo project are provided. To view WMS in other systems, please refer to their documentation.
This data is delivered under the terms of the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: ‘Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]’. Contact us if you create something new and innovative that could benefit others.
These geological maps provide UK onshore geological data at 1:625 000 scale and UK continental shelf sea-bed sediment data at 1:1 million scale as a WMS.
Domain polygons for data on normal background concentrations of contaminants in English soils have been provided as a WMS.