A Beginners Guide To Metal Detecting [Part 2]

What To Wear

When you are out and about metal detecting, make sure that you wear comfortable trousers with lots of pockets in them. Your clothing should be tough and durable as you do not know what the weather will be like while you are hunting. Waterproof Wellington Boots are also essential, especially if you live in the United Kingdom.

Other Equipment

Make sure that you take a spade or trowel with you as well as a probe, spare batteries and a kit bag. Your bag need to be small enough to be portable an comfortable to carry, but large enough to contain everything that you need including anything that you find. Taking a small first aid kit with you is also advisable in case you suffer any injuries while you are detecting.

Other things that you might want to take with you include water for hydration, antiseptic gel for cleaning wounds, high energy food such as bananas or chocolate, a sun hat, toilet roll, sun cream, a box to keep your finds in and even a hip flask of whisky to celebrate should you make a find.

A toothbrush will come in very handy for gently cleaning anything that you find and a Swiss army knife may come in useful in a wide range of different ways.

Probably the most important thing to remember to pack is your mobile phone, in case you get in any trouble and need assistance.

Where Can You Detect?

In a lot of cases, people who are new to metal detecting think that they can go anywhere they want, but this is not the case. In England, all land is owned by somebody and you need to get the owners permission if you are going to go on to it. The last thing that you want is to be charged for criminal damage, trespassing or theft and end up with a hefty fine. Also if you go onto a framer’s land, you may end up getting the dogs set on you.

Even in public parks, bridal ways or paths, you need to get permission from the council, and unfortunately a lot of councils are not particularly favourable towards metal detecting.

Where To Detect

To plan where to search, take a look at aerial photography and satellite images of the area on Google earth and make a mental note of the field. One of the good things about Google Earth is that you can go back in time and see any changes that have occurred. Often you may see outlines of buildings that were previously there and this can give you a good indication of where to start. Old-maps.co.uk is another great source of information and will point you in the right direction.

Read part three of our guide here: http://www.detectorpro.co.uk/a-beginners-guide-to-metal-detecting-part-3/




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