Our services

The BGS offers a range of services and information for businesses, home-owners, policy-makers and the general public.

On-site facilities

Biostratigraphy and palaeontology

Consultancy: petroleum exploration, civil engineering, geohazards.

Macropalaeontology, micropalaeontology and palynology expertise. Specialist training: morphology, taxonomy, stratigraphical applications.

Information and data

Search online datasets: borehole core, map-based index, fossil classification (taxonomy), palaeontological collections, photographic archive. Rock: collections, dictionary (lexicon) and classification scheme.


One of the world's major earth science libraries. Collections include: books, maps, journals and BGS publications. Search our library using NERC Worldcat, or visit in person.

Science facilities

Our laboratories and other operations include:

marine operations and engineering; borehole drilling; geophysical observatories; borehole geophysics; remote sensing laboratory 3D visualisation facility

Training | BGS GeoSchool

Environment and processes; geoscience modelling; hydrocarbons and energy; mapping and digital field data; minerals; publications; remote sensing and photogeology; statistics for geoscientists

Meeting rooms and conference facilities

BGS has well-equipped meeting rooms and a conference suite that can be hired by the day or half-day at BGS in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire.

Consultancy and online services

3D geology

3D models help us visualise the ground beneath our feet without the need for interpretation of traditional geological maps. We are developing 3D models at range of scales to meet the needs of our users at various resolutions and in a range of formats.

INSPIRE, UK Location and sharing environmental spatial data

BGS can help your organisation share its environmental spatial data and meet their INSPIRE and UK Location obligations.

Services for you

Customer-focused services.

From homebuyer to government, universities and research. Construction, consultants, conveyancy, energy, minerals, transport, water.

Shops and publications

Online bookshop — buy books, maps and guides. Online site specific reports — GeoReports Online borehole records — GeoRecords Publications catalogue

Contact Enquiries


Contact Enquiries if you can't find the information you need on our website. The Enquiries Team will be happy to answer your question or put you in touch with the specialist you need.