I commented earlier last month that this section will be ongoing from the month of June 2012, and an announcement made as to who I have chosen for the title of Forum Poster of the Month
Due to the amount of suggestions by both forum staff and members alike, I have decided that not only the winner shall be announce but also the "top 3",to show appreciation from us,the staff and admin here at metaldetectingforum.co.uk, for all the time and effort you take in producing some of the quality posts that make this site such a success....
I personally would also like to say thanks the forum staff and members for submitting to me,possible candidates for this award..thus showing that others do really get a lot out of the stuff you write,posts that can sometimes take what seems an age to put together along with detailed descriptions and photographs.
For June 2012
In Third place.....hihosilver's The Ultimate detectorists photographing guide
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In Second place....Jayreef's Elmtrees Regnalds Hoard
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And finally First place and the title of Post of the Month June 2012 is awarded to egon999's Approaching Farmers in farm vehicles post
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egon999 wrote:My job has me visiting building sites on a daily basis and I'm used to navigating areas much travelled by heavy plant. So when I started chasing permissions I kept finding myself in similar situations avoiding tractors and speaking to farmers operating large machines.
So here is a few tips for newcomers like myself who are just starting to visit farms to ask for detecting access and may be put off approaching someone in a farm vehicle.
1. Buy a cheap 'hi-visibility' waistcoat from B&Q or wherever. Visibility from inside the cab of a machine is sometimes limited so you'll be spotted easier. It also looks more professional I think
2. Never assume the driver of a machine has seen you until he actually acknowledges you.
3. If you get no answer at the farmhouse but you spot someone working in a machine nearby then go and stand somewhere where the driver can see you and when he does spot you then raise your hand so he knows you want to speak to him. Whatever you do dont run alongside the machine and hammer on the cab window!! Keep your wave to a single raised arm, if you start waving like a madman he'll think there's a problem and if you don't wave at all he may assume you are a walker and ignore you.
4. If the machine is working within a set area (loading a trailer or stacking bales etc) then watch him for a while to establish the 'danger area' and keep out of it when you are walking to your spot to wave at him.
5. Some farm machinery has better visibility on one side, so try to get yourself to the side where you'll be spotted the easiest.
6. Once you've been spotted, he'll either wave you over or he'll open the cab door. thats your cue to head over.
7. Stand as close to him as you can but NEVER climb on the machine to speak to him. That won't be appreciated
8. Never be put off asking someone in a machine. You should be OK if you start off your conversation with "sorry for disturbing you....." and If you approach them professionally it will hopefully go a long way to convincing them you are a sensible & trustworthy person to have on their land.
This for me gave a lot of members very useful information which they can take to the field with them,and also a probable confidence in assuring to a landowner/farmer that they are both responsible in their approach,but are also sensible folk with a little bit of forethought..something which we should all think about..preparation is the key and if people think your willing to put the effort in,then hopefully they will be more than willing to give you that much needed chance your may need to open up some valuable permissions....
I have really enjoyed reading Junes posts and hope that your comments and thoughts may inspire others to be able to produce quality posts for us all to take the time to read