Metal detecting is a hobby loved by many different types of people. Metal detecting is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. It’s important to understand, that just by obeying the law and fairness, we can restrain this beautiful hobby from banning. Tt’s important to raise awareness for responsible metal detecting to protect our hobby for future generations.


This guide is intended to promote the practice of responsible and ethical metal detecting and should be used as a reference by all detectorists.


Obey the law – Don’t break the laws. Know Local Metal Detecting Laws and Regulations. Always make sure, that is allowed to metal detect in that area. 

Get permission – Before you start detecting, always obtain permission to search from the landowner.

Respect private and public property – The thing to remember is that wherever you’re hunting, you must leave that place looking exactly as it did before you got there. Cause no damage to property of any kind, including fences, signs, buildings or deserted structures.

Leave a site in the same shape that you found it – Minimising any ground disturbance through the use of suitable tools and by reinstating any excavated material as neatly as possible. Always fill the holes You dig.

Archeological sites – Respect all historical and archaeological sites. Be careful to ensure that no damage is done to the archaeological sites. Record findspots as accurately as possible for all important finds whilst in the field. (using a map, smartphone or hand-held Global Positioning Systems (GPS) device).

Respecting the Country Code – Leave all property as you find them and do not damage crops, frighten animals, or disturb ground nesting birds.

Dispose properly of litter – Leave any litter or other discarded junk items lying around. Carry all rubbish and dug targets with You when You leave each search area.

Ordnance or human remains – Call the Police, and notify the landowner, if you find any traces of human remains or if you find anything that may be a live explosive ordnance. Do not attempt to move or interfere with any such remains or explosives.

Use good manners – Using good outdoor manners and conducting myself at all times in a manner which will add to the stature and public image of all people engaged in the field of metal detection.

If you find items lost by a landowner or some other identifiable person, return them – It’s just one more way to make a good name of this hobby.