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SL & C Code of Conduct



1. Do not trespass, Obtain permission from the landowner before venturing on to any land.


2. Respect the Country Code. Do not leave gates open and do not damage crops or frighten animals.

3. Wherever the site may be, do not leave a mess or an unsafe surface for those who may follow. It is perfectly simple to extract a coin or other small object buried a few inches below the ground without digging a great hole. Use a suitable digging implement to cut a neat flap (do not remove the plug of earth entirely from the ground). Extract the object, reinstate the grass, sand or soil carefully and even you will have trouble locating the spot again.

4. Help to keep Britain tidy - Safely dispose of any rubbish you come across

5. If you discover any live ammunition or any other lethal object such as an unexploded bomb or mine, do not disturb it. Mark the site carefully and report the find to the local police and the landowner.

6. Report all unusual historical finds to the land owner and, acquaint yourself with current NCMD policy relating to the voluntary reporting of portable antiques.

7. Remember it is illegal for anyone to use a metal detector on a protected area (e.g. scheduled archaeological site, special site of scientific interest or MOD property), without permission from the appropriate authority.

8. Acquaint yourself with the definitions of Treasure contained in the Treasure Act 1996 and its associated Code of Practice, making sure you understand your responsibilities.

9. Remember that when you are out with your metal detector, you are an ambassador for our hobby. Do nothing that may give it a bad name.

10. Never miss an opportunity to show and explain your detector to anyone who asks about it. Be friendly. You could pick up some useful clues to another site. If you meet another detector user, introduce yourself. You may learn much about the hobby from each other.