The Metal Detectorists Code of Ethics.
The code of ethics that was created and promoted by the metal detecting community is ever changing and hopefully ever improving.
Below are some of the common points to consider under the generally understood code of ethics:
- Never break the law – Always check provincial and country heritage laws if you are unsure.
- Never trespass – Do not go onto private property without permission. And definitely never go onto any heritage site unless invited by authorities.
- Respect land owners – No means no, do not harass them to change their mind. There are many other spots to go.
- Always get permission – Ask land owners for verbal or written permission if possible.
- No night hawking – Do not sneak onto private land in the middle of the night, this will only get you arrested or worse.
- Always cover holes – never dig and leave holes uncovered. leave only footprints or less.
- Use proper digging technique – use proper tools and if digging on grass remember to use the semi plug technique to allow the grass to remain connected to the root system and regrow. No brown spots!
- Always be kind to interested kids – They are the next generation and will be our future geologists, historians and treasure hunters.
- Always pick up litter – Coin pouches come with a trash section for a reason. Pick up litter as you find it or as you dig it up.
- Never Damage property – Do no damage to property while digging. Be careful.
- Close gates – If you are detecting on a farm for example be sure to close gates behind you and leave them as you found them.
- Do not bother people – When going to spots where many people congregate like the beach or park try not to make a nuisance of yourself. Conduct the hobby at times when people are not there in numbers and avoid detecting near or on top of people who are looking for peace and quiet.
- Take care to protect plan and animal life – Do not damage plants, tress or harm any animals as you conduct the hobby.
- Be courteous and polite to all – set a good example. We are all judged by your actions.
- Consider donating to museums – Got something special? Think about donating it to a museum that will display and look after it. (Not all museums in South Africa will do this).
Thanks for reading guys! Remember let’s do our best not to give metal detecting a bad name. Use common sense and everyone can enjoy the hobby and benefit from it.
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