Web map services (WMS)

BGS Technologies

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 enquiries@bgs.ac.uk.

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.

Terms of use

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.

BGS Geology 50k WMS

BGS Geology 50K WMS

The 1:50 000-scale geological maps for England, Wales and Scotland and have been made available to view as a WMS service. Layers for bedrock, superficial deposits and geological linear features are included.

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BGS Geology 625k WMS

BGS Geology 625K and 1:1 million offshore sediments WMS

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.

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BGS Soil chemistry for environmental assessments

Soil property data WMS

BGS soil property data is made available here to view as a WMS service. Data layers include top soil, soil texture, and soil parent material.

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BGS WMS offshore marine

Offshore marine WMS

The 1:250 000-scale offshore geological maps in the Universal Transverse Mercator projection (UTM) series have been made available to view as a WMS.

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BGS WMS soil geochemical atlas

Advanced soil geochemical atlas WMS

These advanced soil geochemistry maps are based on surface soil samples from England and Wales hat have been analysed for 52 major and trace elements.

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BGS Web map services

Normal background concentrations of contaminants WMS

Domain polygons for data on normal background concentrations of contaminants in English soils have been provided as a WMS.

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BGS WMS HiRes1 airborne geophysical data

HiRes1 airborne geophysical data WMS

High-resolution, airborne magnetic, radiometric, VLF survey data is provided as a WMS. he data comprises multichannel gamma ray spectrometer, magnetometer and dual frequency VLF-EM.

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Indicative atlas of radon in Great Britain WMS

Public Health England and the BGS have published a map showing where high levels of radon are more likely, which is provided as a web map service (WMS).

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BGS WMS Open-loop ground source heat pump

Open-loop ground-source heat pump viability WMS

This web-based tool provides an indication of whether suitable conditions exist in a given area for open-loop ground-source heat pumps.

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BGS WMS Tellus Airborne geophysical data

TellusSW airborne geophysical data WMS

The TellusSW airborne geophysical magnetics and radiometrics data for the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset are provided as a WMS.

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BGS WMS Ground Stability

Natural ground stability WMS

Sample data from our 1:50 000-scale natural ground stability data product for the Kilmarnock and Loughborough map sheets provided as part of the OneGeology Europe project.

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GeoIndex layers

GeoIndex WMS

GeoIndex datasets have been made available as WMS. These web services allow you to bring the GeoIndex data layers into your own mapping software.

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For more general enquiries please email Enquiries.

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