Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

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Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by sweepstick47 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:45 pm

First and foremost, it’s important to know that all land is owned by someone and consent must be obtained prior to using a metal detector (on any land). It is illegal to operate a metal detector, on private or public land, without such consent and failure to comply, will render the individual liable to prosecution.

A detectorists responsibilities

Although this is a matter of common sense, it’s worth pointing out here. When a landowner grants consent to use a Metal Detector on their land, it is incumbent on the detectorist to ensure no damage is caused to boundary fences, hedges, gates or crops as a result of your actions. It is particularly important to ensure that all holes are correctly refilled and in the case of pasture, turf ‘flaps’ are trod well down to prevent accidental lifting by animals thereby presenting a potential hazard to horse and rider.
A responsible detectorist will encourage new members to the hobby by engaging with those members of the public who stop to chat and ask questions when we are out detecting.


Obtaining permission - methods of approach

The personal approach

Obtaining consent, is often considered a daunting task by many detectorists, not just ‘newcomers’ to the hobby. The most common and perhaps the most successful approach, is by way of a personal visit. It’s worth remembering that landowners are invariably busy people so a polite yet ‘to the point request’ will always be appreciated. It would also be wise to decide upon your ‘line of approach’ and also anticipate what, if any questions may be raised in order to prepare a considered response.

The assurance that you are a responsible individual, abide by the hobby’s strict code of conduct with an awareness of the Countryside Code should feature in your introduction. This would also be the appropriate time to confirm your 3rd party liability insurance in order to indemnify the landowner in the event that you sustain injury or cause damage as a result of your actions.

Observance of the above points, will go some way to achieving a succinct and ‘stumble free’ introduction.

The written search agreement

Some landowners/detectorists prefer to enter into a written agreement to formally establish
what has been verbally agreed. However, it’s not uncommon for a farmer to prefer reliance upon a verbal agreement, sealed by a ‘handshake’.

Here is a ‘downloadable’ example produced by the NCMD. Or a simpler one can be found here.

Never be ‘put off’ by a few negative results - there will surely be some!
In the event of receiving several consecutive refusals, why not consider reviewing your method/style of approach.

Organised rallies

In some cases, detectorists with no ‘permisions’ (consent to detect), will opt for attendance at one or more of the organised rallies which take place throughout the UK.
Possession of a valid NCMD/FID card will be required, as will compliance with their terms and conditions.

Landowners are inclined to welcome the existence of valid insurance cover being held by detectorists seeking to gain permission to metal detect on their land. To this end, responsible detectorists subscribe to one of the hobby’s two representative bodies where membership includes Third Party Liability Insurance cove up to £10M. To find out more visit the
NCMD or FID websites.

Detecting beaches in UK

In the UK, most beaches come under the jurisdiction of The Crown Estates, but some are privately owned or council controlled. Prior to 2017, the Crown Estate required detectorists to apply for a Crown Estate Foreshore Permit in order to use a metal detector on beaches within their jurisdiction but this has since changed:-

In 2017, the Crown Estate withdrew the requirement to apply for a permit in favour of issuing Permissive Rights. This ‘right’ is subject to adhering to the requirements of the 1996 Treasure Act, together with it’s accompanying codes of practice and The Crown Estate’s own terms and conditions.

There may be additional restrictions in force on some beaches e.g. where areas have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest – SSSI. Be watchful for notices regarding any such restrictions.

This excellent contribution on safety, entitled Important advice on digging on the Thames foreshore is kindly produced by Dave 8472.

Thames Foreshore Access for Leisure or Pleasure including Metal Detecting and Digging
The Thames foreshore is potentially hazardous and some dangers may not always be immediately apparent. The Thames rises and falls by over 7.0m twice a day as the tide comes in and out. The current is fast and the water is cold.

Anyone going on the foreshore does so entirely at their own risk and must take personal responsibility for their safety and that of anyone with them. In addition to the tide and current mentioned above there are other less obvious hazards, for example raw sewage, broken glass, hypodermic needles and wash from vessels. Steps and stairs down to the foreshore can be slippery and dangerous and are not always maintained.

Detecting beaches in Scotland

On 24th January 2018, the Scottish government introduced a bill to take control of land managed by the Crown Estate Scotland.
In contrast to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there is a general ‘Right of Access’ for the public to gain access to all beaches and foreshore areas so there is no requirement to obtain a Permit for the purpose of metal detecting.


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Re: Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by Oxgirl36 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:52 pm

Great guide SS47 ::g :D
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Re: Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by coal digger » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:26 pm

Good info bud,Just a shame all the post crimbo new detector detectorists that swamped my main permission during the day on new crops and without permission didn't read this,cd ::g
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Re: Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:03 am

coal digger wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:26 pm
Good info bud,Just a shame all the post crimbo new detector detectorists that swamped my main permission during the day on new crops and without permission didn't read this,cd ::g
That's a very sad episode mate. Hope they 'don't fare well Regards ss47'
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Re: Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by f8met » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:16 am

Another responsibility is to know if the land is in a stewardship scheme and what that means for detecting. Especially if there are set aside areas around the fields and if they are allowed to be detected. It is tempting to detect these strips when the crops are up but they may be out of bounds under the scheme.

And knowing if there are SSSIs or Scheduled Ancient Monuments on the land.

Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
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Re: Finding somewhere to legally use your detector

Post by arfur_sleep » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:29 am

Very good and informative post ::g

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