Normal background concentrations of contaminants WMS

BGS Technologies — Web map services

Domain polygons for data on normal background concentrations (NBCs) of contaminants in English soils have been made available to view as a WMS.

Data layers include:

  • Domain polygons
    • arsenic (As)
    • benzo-[a]-pyrene (BaP)
    • cadmium (Cd)
    • chromium (Cr)
    • copper (Cu)
    • lead (Pb)
    • mercury (Hg)
    • nickel (Ni)
  • Urbanisation index polygons defined from GLUD database
  • Polygons defining areas of metalliferous mining derived from the Ove Arup database

Service address

Enter this address into your WMS client:

The service supports the British National Grid and lat/long WGS84 coordinate systems and the data is visible when zoomed in between 1:100 000 and 1:25 000 scale.

Example WMS requests (versions 1.3.0 and 1.1.1 supported)


Lead domain polygon WMS 1.3.0 requests in British National Grid (BNG)


Cadmium domain polygon WMS 1.1.1 requests in Lat/Long WGS84 (WGS84)


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.

You may also be interested in



Applications, software and online services created by the BGS and our collaborators.

Show more
BGS Web map services

Web map services (WMS)

A standard method of providing map images that can be viewed in GIS software, virtual globes and portal-style websites using a map-based interface.

Show more

Was this page helpful?

  • How can we make this section better?*

  • Please select a reason*

  • How can we make this section better?*