a couple of weeks ago I bought a metal detector. I have found it marginally easier to find land than it is to obtain shooting permissions but you really do hear some horror stories. People trespassing on land wearing head torches to metal detect and steal whatever they find. I have contacted more than one farmer in the past week who has said a firm no because of this happening on their land.
Others have found out that having given permission and signed a 50/50 split contract with the detectorist have found out that said detectorist has found something of value, sold it and denied all knowledge to their face.
I know that there are farmers and landowners on here and want to point out that although I am only new to metal detecting, I know from some of the contacts I have had so far that we are not all the same. People that I am in contact with and myself included are doing this for the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of holding an artifact of coin that was held hundred of years before.
If anyone knows of a farmer in the north of England who would appreciate their land being searched with a metal detector to discover items of historical interest or of value then please send them my way. With a background in shooting I am respectful of farmers, their land and their livestock as well as any sporting activities that may take place on their land.