Borehole Records


Borehole Scans

Free search of over a million borehole records.

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

By clicking the search button you accept the terms and conditions of using this service (found at the bottom of the page).

Search onshore borehole records

What is a borehole record?

A record of boreholes, shafts and wells from all forms of drilling and site investigation work. Boreholes range from one metre to several thousand metres deep

Borehole records are produced from a geologist's or surveyor's observations of the rock core extracted from the ground. It typically includes locality, lithological descriptions with depth and thickness.

Geophysical logs may also be noted from on-site measurements.

Abbreviations used in borehole/water well records 124 KB pdf

See also What is a borehole? 400 KB pdf

National well archive

Searching BGS borehole records also gives you access to the the National Well Record Collection. It contains more than 130 000 classified records of wells, boreholes and springs within England and Wales; a unique database of hydrogeological information.

On-site measurements that may be noted are:


Borehole record scans can also be obtained via GeoIndex, our map-based index that allows users to search for information about BGS data collections.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The ownership and copyright of the Borehole Scans (hereinafter referred to as 'the Records') will at all times be retained by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and/or the commissioning authority under whose auspices the relevant work was carried out.
  2. The Records are supplied on a non-exclusive basis, for use by you/your organisation. The Records may only be used for:
    • personal/private use
    • academic activities
    • internal business purposes
    • commercially, in reports
  3. Extracts of materials derived from the Records may be reproduced in analogue (paper/hardcopy) and/or in any non-queryable electronic format (e.g. within an appropriately secured .PDF document) in connection with the activities described at point 2 above.
  4. Subject to any prior written arrangements with BGS, no part of any of the Records may be traded, sold or in any other way supplied/made available to any third party as part of any commercial (fee bearing) record provision or information service.
  5. The following acknowledgement should accompany material derived from the Records under 3 above: "Based upon records provided by British Geological Survey (NERC)."
  6. The Records are provided "as-is" on the understanding that they has been created using data capture standards and methodologies considered appropriate at the time of their creation. The Records have not been subjected to current British Geological Survey (hereinafter referred to as 'BGS') standards of scrutiny and approval.
  7. BGS gives no warranty as to the quality or accuracy of the Records or the medium on which they are provided or their suitability for any use. All implied conditions relating to the quality or suitability of the Records and the medium, and all liabilities arising from the supply or use of the Records and for any reliance on results arising out of use of the Records (including any liability arising in negligence) are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. You are expected to operate suitable anti-virus software before accessing Records on your computer system. You are responsible for ensuring that the form of the Records is compatible with your computer system and/or with any other data with which the Records are to be used.
  8. BGS gives no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of Records in the form in which they are cached or downloaded to your computer, as this may be affected by on-line conditions over which BGS has no control, nor any warranty with regard to the continued provision of the Records.
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