Advice for Metal Detectorists

Advice for DetectoristsIn this weeks blog we offer our advice and best practice guidelines to those who may be new to the hobby to make sure they don’t end up in any difficulty with local and government authorities.

Protected Sites

Certain sites are protected due to their national and archaeological importance, and as such are protected by regulation. Ensure any site you detect on does not fall foul of any laws that prevent hobbyists from taking out activities on that particular area.


Landowners should always be your first port of call when wanting to detect a new, or even an old, site. Obtaining permission from landowners is crucial as legally speaking; any find you make legally belongs to that individual so ensure you having arrangements in writing before you begin detecting.

Plough Soil

Do not dig below plough soil as this can negatively affect archaeologically sensitive areas. Finds lower than this level may have importance in relation to any previous structures that resided in the area – try to ensure that these artefacts remain in place.

Report Findings

All gold and silver objects, and coins found in the same spot that are over 300 years old, should be reported under the Treasure Act 1996. Please try to adhere to these stipulations whilst out in the fields. For more information on this, please see our page on laws on metal detecting in the UK.

Share them with us!

Whilst not an obligation, we’d love for you to share your finds with us on Facebook and Twitter as fellow detectorists love to see what others in the community have found. For more information on any of the above, please contact us.

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