It has just occurred to me that here could be a good place to give our the much needed information to all new detectorists, readers considering it and also for some of the more veteran detectorists to refresh themselves with the rules and codes.
I know when I first started and until I joined an Internet metal detecting forum I had never heard of PAS, the code of conduct and the treasure act 1996. There seems to be a worryinglack of iinformation for new detectorists unless they go searching for it, but if you dont know about it then its hard to search for.
So here are three sites you need to take a look at before you start your adventures.
PAS database and info
treasure act 1996
detectorists code of conduct
please take time to read and absorb all the information that is there. These are essentials and without them you cannot start being an ethical detectorist