Today weather has been pretty unfavourable for planning to do anything outdoors. After spending most of the morning inside the house, painting the bathroom and that sort of thing, I decided I had had enough of being indoors.
So we decided we would go get some fresh air by going for a nice walk while the weather was holding
out. We decided upon a walk down the disused old railway lines that cuts through some really nice scenery and Is great for a picnic in the summer months.
After about five minutes walking there is a very large 17th century country house that must have been home to some high status people for their time. The house is surrounded by arable farmland with crops now well sprouting through, all except one field.
In the field was an old gent, headphones on and metal detector swinging. I never really see many other detectorists around my area so I thought I would pop over and say hi.
As I walked over he saw me and took off his headphones, I introduced myself and explained I was a keen metal detectorist. We had a good chat about finds and general metal detecting talk.
I mentioned my blog to him and he seemed interested, he asked what the purpose of it was. To which I replied hopefully to educate other detectorists into detecting more responsibly and trying to hopefully get more detectorists recording finds.
His reply shocked me, " I have been detecting over 20 years and have never reported or recorded a find, and nor do I plan to".
I asked him why and told him its such an easy process. He said he did not have to so why bother. I felt quite angered by it really, I knew some people obviously do not record the finds they make but I thought it was far and few between and I never thought someone would openly tell me.
The conversation ended abruptly, he put his headphones back on and wandered of obviously realising I was shocked and disappointed.
This really is no good. We have flo and pas which are amazing services, we can even self record our finds. There is no reasonable or logical explanation a to why someone would not record what they have found.