Advanced soil geochemical atlas

BGS Technologies — Web map services

The advanced soil geochemical atlas of England and Wales is available to view as a WMS service.

The atlas was a joint project between the BGS and Rothamsted Research. The maps are based on 5700 surface soil samples (0–15 cm), collected across England and Wales, that have been analysed for 52 major and trace elements (eg aluminium (Al); calcium (Ca); rubidium (Rb); lanthanum (La); selenium (Se), etc). The compiled atlas is also available online for viewing as an pdf download. The data for each of the elements can be downloaded as a set of interpolated concentrations (20Mb) on a 1 km grid across England and Wales.

Service address

Enter this address into your WMS client:

Example WMS Requests (versions 1.3.0 and 1.1.1 supported)

The GetCapabilities response has a full list of layers in this service.


Topsoil Aluminium concentrations WMS 1.3.0 requests in British National Grid (BNG)


Topsoil Calcium concentrations WMS 1.1.1 requests in Lat/Long WGS84 (WGS84)

WMS GetFeatureInfo request in text/html format View

Can’t use the WMS?

This data is included in the UK Soil Observatory. Try the UK Soil Observatory viewer if you are unable to use a WMS.

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.

The BGS provides no warranty as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of this free map data or the medium on which it is supplied. This includes any warranty as to the continued provision of material or that the material taken from this site is compatible with your computer system and/or any other data with which the material is to be used.

Please be aware that the BGS may make changes to this service. This will include, but is not limited to, the level of attribution seen for each type of geology and changes to zoom thresholds.

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