As I sit looking out the window the window I am surrounded by acres and acres of arable farm land, yet I don't have one square foot that I can metal detect on.
The River Humber has just started its yearly silt which makes it almost impossible to retrieve finds and also the beaches are getting sanded in with the beach stripping winter storms just a distant memory now.
So that's it, I either stop metal detecting till next winter or I pluck up some courage and go out bashing on doors. I can feel my stomach knotting up already just thinking about it !
This time round I will be letting the farmers know that I will be wanting to record the finds I make on there land and this will mean giving a grid reference, if they are not happy with this request then the permission is not right for me. I will also be letting the farmer know that all items found excluding treasure items belong to him, if there is anything that he does not after the recording of the finds I will let him know I am interested in acquiring them ( is that wrong?)
I am doing it like this partly because I want to be responsible and partly because I want to test the outcome I get doing it this way compared to the regular permission request.
If any of you have any tips or if you think I should add anything then please let me know with a comment.
I will let everyone know how I get on in due course.