GeoIndex WMS services

Patchwork GeoIndex

GeoIndex datasets are made available as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Services (WMS). View in compatible software or in portal-style websites that use a map-based interface to connect to WMS services.

These web services allow you to bring the GeoIndex data layers into your own mapping software (GIS systems etc) to be viewed and compared alongside your own data and data from other providers.

GeoIndex web services support WMS 1.3.0 and WMS 1.1.1. The addresses you need to connect to the data from the various Geoindex themes are provided below. Please note that the geology data included in GeoIndex are available from separate WMS services.

The BGS provides no warranty as to the quality, accuracy, 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.


Tutorial videos showing how to include a WMS in an ArcGIS or MapInfo project.

Can't use WMS?

Try the GeoIndex viewer if you are unable to use a WMS service.

Service addresses

Enter the addresses below into your WMS client.

Please note occassionally we have to change the address of these services. Please make sure you are using the latest versions. Support cannot be guaranteed for previous versions.






Map products



WMS updated with revised layers (12/04/2017)

More details about the offshore theme

21st Century Roadmap Palaeozoic

More details about the 21CXRM Palaeozoic Project

Offshore (cultural data)

More details about the offshore (cultural data) theme

Terms of use

These data are 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