Web Feature Services (WFS) — UK geology datasets

Example WFS class

The datasets below are made available as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Feature Services (WFS). Access via compatible software.

They can also be accessed by websites that use a map-based interface to connect to WFS services, allowing integration of data from different providers.

E.g. OneGeology — dynamic digital geological map data for the world at a scale of about 1: 1 million. Access the data through the OneGeology Portal.

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

UK onshore bedrock geological data at 1:625 000 scale WFS services

Two WFS services are made available for this dataset.

INSPIRE download service WFS 2.0

This WFS service uses GeoSciML v4.1 and INSPIRE URIs for vocabulary terms and so is an INSPIRE data download service in accordance with the Geology theme data specification. This service delivers MappedFeatures specified by GeologicUnits, the geological history of which is recorded by GeologicEvents.

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OneGeology download service WFS 2.0

This WFS service uses GeoSciML v4.1 and CGI URIs for vocabulary terms and so is a OneGeology data download service.

Service address


Can't use WFS?

WFS are mainly intended for use in the development of advanced geospatial systems. The UK onshore bedrock geological data is also available:

Terms of use

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