ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)

5.5    Metal detecting on your land

On Scheduled Monuments a licence is required from English Heritage before metal detecting can take place. Detecting without such a licence is an offence. On Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), where actions resulting from metal detecting (e.g. digging or vegetation disturbance) are listed as ‘operations likely to damage the special interest’ of your SSSI, you are required to give written notice to English Nature of these operations and can only proceed once you have received written consent.

As you are required to protect and maintain archaeological sites and other environmental features (i.e. all your FER features) over the entire area under agreement, you must ensure that no damage is caused to these features wherever metal detecting takes place (authorised or otherwise).

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