Update on metal detecting in England

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From the NCMD:

UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR ENGLAND

The DCMS have now updated the guidance on searching for archaeology. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on ... g-covid-19

This is good news for those who have permissions local to them but know it won’t suit everyone. These have been carefully constructed to balance mental and physical health and the risks of transmission.

PLEASE DO NOT BREAK THESE RULES OR IT WILL RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE!

The key points to note are that you should only leave your home to go metal-detecting where you are confident that the activity you are engaging in can count as exercise and meets social contact rules.

You must only leave your home for exercise where reasonably necessary.
Exercise should be limited to once per day
You should not travel outside your local area, meaning your village or town, or part of a city.
Organised metal detecting is not allowed.

In terms of where this exercise can take place:
You can metal-detect on private land only if you are on your own or with members of your household.
If you choose to exercise with a person who is not in your household or bubble, you must only do so in a public outdoor place (a place to which the public generally have access).
If you intend to metal detect on private land or a public outdoor space you must obtain permission from the landowner and/or occupier before venturing onto any land. If you have previously had permission from a landowner and/or occupier, you should now check again that they are happy for you to continue to search on their land.
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Great news :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just emailed a landowner to check if Ok under the new rules and they are happy for me to detect and also look for the lost piece of machinery they lost in the autumn drilling

Had a reply back from the DCMS (eventually) in response to a letter I wrote, not sure it made any difference but if a lot of others did too and the NCMD had some sway, but its academic now

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I've been working on my local farm this week fitting led flood lights, the farmer said to me an hour ago your ok to detect now then, I said not as I know, then he showed me the update & said he's just bought a new mini digger if I need it!
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stanslad wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:44 pm I've been working on my local farm this week fitting led flood lights, the farmer said to me an hour ago your ok to detect now then, I said not as I know, then he showed me the update & said he's just bought a new mini digger if I need it!
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Woah you can go in all industrial now too :rollinglaughing:
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That is great news, just need the ground to dry out here. :Party:
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stanslad wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:44 pm I've been working on my local farm this week fitting led flood lights, the farmer said to me an hour ago your ok to detect now then, I said not as I know, then he showed me the update & said he's just bought a new mini digger if I need it!
Clint :thumbsup:
Not the landowners here then Clint?? 🤦‍♀️
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Good to see common sense prevail. At last.
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Emily wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:21 pm Not the landowners here then Clint?? 🤦‍♀️
No Emily, not your farm,
But the builders will be starting on the derelict water mill down the lane from you very soon, they'll be clearing a lot of soil around it & uncovering the old tip as well, so get ready for detecting & bottle digging!
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Ive got 4 field's within walking distance. All my gears on charging . Waterproofs n wellies are at the back door . :Party:
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I’m lucky enough to to have lots of land in my village too. However I’m very conscious that not everyone has though and we all need to be sensitive to those who can’t go detecting or feel it is wrong to do so even if they have land they could go on.

Stay safe everyone and for those detecting enjoy the mud. Those who aren’t get prepared to laugh in the warmth of your home at the tales of mud, stuck wellies and poor finds are shared :Luv Ya:
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Well that is a step forward in the right direction :thumbsup:
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Please make sure you speak to your landowners before rushing out. They may not be comfortable even if it is allowed. Don't risk getting kicked off valuable permissions for not checking.
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It's 3.5 miles to my nearest permission, the next village along the road. That sounds like I may be out of luck.
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:30 pm It's 3.5 miles to my nearest permission, the next village along the road. That sounds like I may be out of luck.
That wouldn't stop some people.
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TheFenTiger wrote: Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:35 pm That wouldn't stop some people.
Mmmmm you best look into that . Try www.confused.com . I think 3 and half miles should be ok but im as clueless as most
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