NCMD Code of Conduct

Here at Sovereign Metal Detecting Holidays, we abide by the NCMD code of conduct set out by the organisation.

Code of Conduct

Do not trespass. Obtain permission before venturing on to any land – this is arranged on your behalf your expert guides, Charles and Simon.

Respect the country code, leave gates and property as you find them and do not damage crops, frighten animals or disturb nesting birds.

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 other small object buried a few inches below the ground 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. (for anyone unsure we can show an example of good practice for digging holes on the first dig)

If you discover any live ammunition or any lethal object such as an unexploded bomb or mine, do not disturb it. Mark the site carefully and report the find to the local police and landowner. (In the unlikely event of this happening, less us know immediately and we will move to a safe location and inform the necessary people on your behalf)

Help keep Britain tidy. Safely dispose of refuse you come across. (we will provide rubbish bags on each of the days)

Report all unusual historical finds to the landowner, and acquaint yourself with current NCMD policy relating to the Voluntary Reporting of Portable Antiquities in England and Wales and the mandatory reporting requirements in Scotland (any finds of significance Simon and Charles will help you to follow the correct procedures)

NCMD Code of Conduct

Acquaint yourself with the terms and definitions used in the following documents:

– Treasure contained in the Treasure Act 1996 and its associated Code of Practice, making sure you understand your responsibilities.
– Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects including Treasure 2006.
– The voluntary Code of Practice for Responsible Metal Detecting 2017 Revision. Note: the NCMD is not an endorsee to this version of the Code.

Details of why the NCMD did not endorse the Code can be found in issue 25 of Digging Deep. (we can provide copies of these documents if you are unable to source over the internet)

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.

National Council for Metal Detecting Disclaimer

  • Sovereign Metal Detecting Holidays are members of National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD)
  • However the NCMD DO NOT ¬†promote or run metal detecting rallies.
  • NCMD state all UK archaeological treasures/objects found in the ground that are deemed to be at least 50 years old require an Export Licence before they can be taken overseas. For further details see the Arts Council England’s guidance).

National Council for Metal Detecting

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