Today the Department of Culture,  Media and Sport ( DCMS ) have ammended their guidelines for Metal Detecting in England during the current lockdown. Sadly the ammendment does not alter the governing bodies ruling on Metal Detecting in England.  The following communications amendments is highlighted in the section of the guidelines available in full here – DCMS update.

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. This can include exercise outdoors or to visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

This means that:

  • Metal detecting can take place in an outdoor public place. You must have the permission of the landowner to detect on the land and should contact your local council or district councils to check the local policies regarding detecting on public land in your area as you may need a formal permit. This must be done alone, with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
  • You cannot detect on private land, even if you have permission from the owner, unless it is part of the place where you are living (as defined in the regulations).
  • If you are able to search for archaeological finds, including those metal-detecting, field-walking and those searching the Thames foreshore (mudlarking), you must follow this advice.