Web services

Access our data via open, standards-based services. Highlights include access to over 70 onshore and offshore layers such as boreholes, earthquakes, landslides, fossils, hydrogeology, rock samples, geochemistry and geophysics.

These services can be used in mashup type applications within GIS and web browsers.

Many of these services contribute to BGS complying with the EU INSPIRE directive.

BGS are actively involved in collaborations to promote data sharing.

Web Map Services (WMS)

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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. Contributes to EU INSPIRE.

Web Feature Services (WFS)

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A standard method of providing geographical features across the web. WFS provides real data as opposed to WMS that provides only images. Contributes to EU INSPIRE.

INSPIRE Services


BGS have a made a number of its datasets available in line with the EU INSPIRE directive.

BGS Data Catalogue services (CSW)

WMS view services

WFS and atom data download services.

Embed a UK geology or earthquakes map

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Include an interactive geology or earthquakes map of the UK in your own website

RSS and GeoRSS

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Get our news releases and the latest updates to our website as soon as they are posted.

Vocabulary web service

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Standardised terms that cover a wide range of geoscience specialisms.

Terms of use

All the data services listed here are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]".