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Home > WaterData > Groundwater data > Well Level Data (BGS)

Well Level Data (BGS)

The National Well Record Archive held by the British Geological Survey is a collection of over 105 000 records of springs, water wells and water boreholes in England, Wales and Scotland. The majority of the original records are available as borehole scans.

A map index of the National Well Record Archive is available by searching the BGS GeoIndex. It is complemented by the WellMaster database, which contains digitised data from the original records, categorised by geological data, water resource data, well construction and water quality.

Available datasets -

Borehole Record Viewer

The borehole record viewer offers direct, online access to the National Geoscience Data Centre collection of onshore scanned boreholes, shafts and well records.

Further information: BGS Borehole Record Viewer


Purchase borehole records of your choice. These are checked and delivered in a pack containing a geological map extract and listing of other records in the vicinity.

Further information: BGS GeoRecords+

GeoIndex onshore

A map-based browser providing access to index level data — water wells are in the boreholes theme.

Further information: BGS GeoRecords onshore

Data availability: Digital data can be viewed or downloaded immediately. Scanned and historical data can be viewed via the highly interactive BGS online viewers.

Charge: The majority of the data described above is available free for commercial, research and public use. However, some services are charged for.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this page was correct at time of publication. It is meant as a quick and easy reference for those wishing to know what UK-wide water datasets are available. For full and definitive data descriptions and licensing arrangements contact the licensor directly.

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