An introduction to

Metal detecting

  1. How to get started

    Anyone can metal detect – if you like the great outdoors or you’re interested in history, this is the hobby for you! You can do it on your own, with friends, join a club or attend one of the many nationally organised rallies up and down the country.

  2. Code of conduct

    Like all hobbies there are ‘best practice’ standards we would subscribe to.
    You can find these on find these on:

  3. Recommendations

    Insurance is recommended
    It is recommended that you are covered by Public Liability insurance – which will cover you for such things as leaving a gate of a field open on a farm so that expensive cattle can escape or cause accidents or digging through an important cable!

    There are a couple ways you can get insurance: one is to join the National Council for Metal Detecting (please see above). If you join this association, which is the recognised voice for the detecting hobby, you will gain many other benefits and get monthly newsletters. You can obtain more information at: or you can obtain your own independent insurance.

  4. Permission to detect

    Always gain the landowner's permission to search their property, and we would advise that before you start detecting, come to an agreement with them about splitting the profit of any finds - usually a 50/50 arrangement.

  5. Equipment

    Click here and you’ll find a list of detector dealers in order that you purchase the right detector for your needs, whether it be for beach or land use.

  6. National Council of Metal Detecting

    The National Council for Metal Detecting is a representative body of elected volunteers formed in 1981 to provide a means whereby responsible metal detector users would have a democratic forum to discuss problems affecting the hobby and to provide an authoritative voice to counter ill-informed and frequently misleading criticism of the hobby. It does not represent the trade or archaeological interests.

    The NCMD has gained Government recognition as an organisation which represents metal detector users countrywide. It has played a major role in representing the views of those metal detector users to Government Departments regarding legislation affecting the hobby.

    The National Council for Metal Detecting has a written Constitution which is available to all members. It is a member of the Central Council for Physical Recreation.