Select an option from the list below to view high resolution images and data about soils across Great Britain.

The mySoil project is a joint development by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). The project has developed smartphone technologies, based on the iOS and Android platforms, to provide basic information on soil across Europe, with enhanced information such as habitat, soil texture, organic content, temperature, depth and pH range for Great Britain. The data behind the app are derived from the BGS Parent Material Map, the CEH Countryside Survey and Land Cover map datasets, Met Office soil temperature datasets and joint research centre Parent Materials database. All the data are accessed via freely available web map services. The mySoil project has also developed crowdsourcing capabilities to allow users to upload and share their own observations and photographs of soil. The project has recently converted all the smartphone functionality into the UKSO map viewer, enabling all users with web access to view or take part in the project.

The mySoil project maps are based upon a modified version of the BGS Parent Material Map (the data shows the European Soil Bureau classification for Parent Material type) as well as the European-wide Joint Research Centre Parent Materials database. The maps are simplified to enable rapid use in smartphones, and web browsers enabling a wide range of users and developers to view or take part in the project aims of disseminating and crowdsourcing basic soil data.

The map covers Great Britain and integrates geology and soil characteristics at a scale of 1:50 000 (visible at higher zoom levels), with a 1km resolution version available for regional overview.

The mySoil app lets you take a soil properties map of Britain with you wherever you go, helping you learn about the soil beneath your feet. The project has also developed a citizen science role for the apps, enabling users to upload their own observations about soils in their area. The mySoil project has contributed several data layers to the UKSO Portal.

G-BASE profile soil (points) map
Title mySoil (European Soil Bureau Parent type)
Source British Geological Survey
Scale(s) 1:50 000 and 1km grid resolution
Coverage Great Britain
Format GIS polygon data (ESRI, MapInfo, others available by request)
Price A free app is available
Uses Local to national level use
Map Viewer View in UKSO Map Viewer
Images High resolution | low resolution