The MMDC Club promotes responsible Metal Detecting, Remember that when you are out with your metal detector it's important to maintain good reputation as you are an ambassador for the hobby, even though club rallies are intended to be of a relaxed nature, It's also important to follow the Club Rules and show respect for the Land owner, Other People in the local community and the Countryside.
Here's our code of conduct:
1. Always get written permission from the landowner for the area you wish the search. Get a form here.
2. Always follow the Treasure Act legislation while Metal Detecting, Remember you must declare any Treasure finds within the legal time frame of 14 days from the time of discovery to the Coroner and inform your local Finds Liaison Officer.
3. Always gain Civil Liability Insurance before Metal Detecting on Private Land. To gain admission at MMDC Club rallies a valid insurance card will need to be produced.
4. Always follow the Countryside Code.
5. Never take a Metal Detector on Scheduled Monuments or Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
6. Always be courteous to others who attend club digs and people in the local community.
7. Always leave the ground in the same condition you find it, fill holes and repair grass work.
8. All detectorists who attend digs must wear a finds pouch or bag, to collect your good finds, Scrap and rubbish.
9. Any find that may be over 300 years old should be shown to the portable antiquities scheme, treasure items must be declared to either the scheme or the coroner which include any item with more than 10% precious metal over 300 years old and two or more coins with at least 10% precious metal from the same find spot.
10. Archaeological discoveries will be reported to the landowner in the first instance. The information will then be passed on to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, local museum or archaeological body providing the landowner agrees.
11. Remove all Rubbish and Junk from your search area for disposal in bins provided.
12. Report any finds of live ammunition and lethal objects to the nearest police station.
13. Do not attempt to remove or tamper with any signs, fencing or farm equipment.
14. In the event of finding farming equipment, try to leave it in a safe location near a gate post.
15. All members are responsible for their guests: inform them of the Clubs Code of Conduct.
16. Most land owners have an interest in what you have found, show them your finds and remember they own all non-treasure finds, they only give you permission to search. All Treasure rewards should be shared equally with the landowner. The value of all non-treasure finds should be split as agreed in the search permission agreement contract.
17. Do not scare any live stock, no dogs near sheep; always leave gates as you found them.
18. Smokers take care on stubble fields! Smoking may be banned in some search areas.
19. We expect a certain amount of cooperation if a member starts to excavate a potential hoard; it's not a free for all! Help fence off the area, take photos and ask the finder if they need assistance. Call an Organiser / Committee member for help. The find belongs to him and the farmer alone. You would wish the same if you were the finder.
20. All searchers shall comply with any special conditions set by the landowner.
21. Landowners reserve the rights to terminate rallies at any point funds none refundable.
22. The MMDC pays a dig finder's fee of £50 to members who successfully gain land search permission for the club and complete the payment to the landowner using the rally receipt and return it within 1 week to the club treasurer, the rally information must be submitted to the committee, We only gain permission to search in terms with the rally contract, The club retains no other agreement with the landowner. The landowner has the right to submit offers to the club if they wish and the prospector's fee would be honoured to the member who originally gained the permission for the club, failing to complete the payment or receipt may lose part or all the prospectors fee. Remember the rally prospector acts as the ambassador for the club and is not an acting landowner. The club retains the right to Part Company with this agreement (22) and membership if the prospectors conduct becomes unacceptable, bad language or bad behaviour against any of the club members will not be tolerated.
23. Always respect other member's permissions; Approaching Club Rally Landowners may void your Membership / Renewal
24. All rally attendees must pay the applicable rally fee and sign the club rules agreement on the rally attendance register to gain entrance.
25. Disclaimer: All searchers enter the search area found by the MMDC at the searcher's own risk.
Rules amended 15.03.14