194 Metal detectors

194 Metal detectors

On private property, the use of metal detectors and foraging for finds may disturb the ground. Subsequent removal of objects without the landowner’s permission can constitute trespass, criminal damage or theft. Treasure hunting on private land without permission or on a public right of way is a trespass. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 does not permit a person to exercise a right of access under the Act if he/she is carrying or using a metal detector1.

On the site of a scheduled ancient monument or an area of archaeological importance, it is an offence to