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Directory of Mines and Quarries

Download the Directory of Mines and Quarries 2020

BGS has been collecting location and other information about operating mineral workings in the UK since its formation in 1835. The current publication summarising this data is the Directory of Mines and Quarries (DMQ), Eleventh Edition, 2020. The DMQ is derived from data held in the BritPits database.

This edition of the DMQ contains information on operational mineral sites in the UK during the period 2019 to 2020. Details of minerals produced or handled, geological formations worked, location and operator contact information are provided. These can be used for many purposes and are listed in a convenient form, firstly by commodity (natural gas; sandstone; limestone, etc.), then by mineral planning authority, and thirdly by operator (where known).

The Directory of Mines and Quarries 2020 is available directly from BGS as a free pdf download. If you would like a printed copy, please contact our sales desk.


Distribution of mineral sites in Fife and the surrounding areas of central Scotland, showing the range of commodities information held in the BritPits database for this area. BGS (c) UKRI.

The DMQ is derived from the BritPits database, which holds information on both active and ceased mineral workings, including:

  • geographic location and address
  • mineral planning authority
  • operator
  • site geology
  • mineral commodities produced
  • commodity end uses

The data is held in a relational database using an Oracle server and interfaced with using a MS Access front end. There are currently over 230 000 records in the database and this number continues to rise in response to an ongoing systematic survey of former mineral sites in the UK.

Data is gathered from a number of sources:

  • BGS's own extensive records
  • mineral planning authorities (MPAs)
  • the minerals industry
  • central Government departments and agencies (Coal Authority; Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, etc.

BGS believes that BritPits is one of if not the most comprehensive and up-to-date information sources on mineral workings in the UK now available. The data can be used for many purposes (for example, generating mailing lists; route-planning; market intelligence and analysis and resource planning) and is currently supplied to a wide range of customers.

We can supply data on active mineral workings either as the printed Directory of Mines and Quarries or as digital database extracts. We typically supply the data in GIS-compatible formats including ESRI shapefiles and MapInfo TAB; however, it can also be made available in MS Excel spreadsheets. These are available to licence from BGS, together with data pertaining to ceased workings. A region-by-region indication of the data coverage is provided.

A digital index of the locations of all currently active mineral workings can be viewed on the BGS website using the Onshore GeoIndex (accessed through the 'Our data' section).

Region code Description
CHA Channel Islands
(Note: grid coordinates are UTM)**
CSCT Central Scotland
EEN East England
EMD East Midlands (England)
IOM Isle Of Man*
LON Greater London
NEA North-east England
NIR Northern Ireland
NSCT North Scotland
NWE North-west England
NWLS North Wales
SEA South-east England
SSCT South Scotland
SWE South-west England
SWLS South Wales
WMD West Midlands (England)
YHU Yorkshire and Humberside (England)
Current distribution of sites in the BRITPITS database and licence regions. (Channel Islands not shown.) BGS (c) UKRI.