Council for Metal
Detecting Code of
- Do not trespass. Obtain permission before venturing on
to any land.
- Respect the country code. Do not leave gates open, and
do not damage crops or frighten animals.
- Wherever the site, do not leave a mess or an unsafe
surface for those who may follow.
It is perfectly simple to extract a coin or small object
buried a few inches below the surface 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 difficulty in
locating the find spot again.
- If you discover any live ammunition or any lethal
object such as an unexploded bomb or mine, do not disturb
Mark the site carefully and report the find to the local
police and landowner.
- Help keep Britain tidy. Safely dispose of refuse you
- Report all unusual historical finds to the landowner,
and acquaint yourself with current NCMD policy relating to
the voluntary reporting of portable antiquities.
- Remember it is illegal for anyone to use a metal
detector on a protected area (e.g scheduled archaeological
site, SSSI, or ministry of defence property) without
permission from the appropriate authority.
- Acquaint yourself with the definitions of Treasure
contained in the Treasure Act 1996 and its associated
Code of Practice, making sure you understand your
- Remember that when you are out with your metal detector
you are an ambassador for our hobby. Do nothing that might
give it a bad name.
- Never miss an opportunity to explain your hobby to
anyone who asks about it.
members are asked to follow the NCMD code of conduct when