Mark SAlthough this site is primarily about metal detecting, it is also a portal to the eventful history of the United Kingdom. I hope you find your time here interesting and informative.

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As an often frustrated detectorist due to work commitments and also lack of permissions at certain times of the year,  I have created this site as the next best thing to keep myself involved in my favourite pastime.  I do not consider myself to be an expert, but I do have have a five-year ‘jump’ on newbie detectorists, so this is where I will set my stall.  Aimed at the British beginner detectorist, there are articles about the more common finds such as coins and buttons. There’s also metal detecting tips and advice on cleaning methods and links to cool sites and resources of interest to the metal detectorist. Let me know if you know of any yourself!

Happy hunting and good luck,

Mark S.


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16 Responses to Welcome

  1. robert johnson says:

    I’ve just a quick question…. I’ve just got permission to detect on the crown foreshore estate, but i am having a bit off a problem… it says that I can go metal detecting in the areas on the map marked purple, but on their maps on most of it there is sandy coloured sections in front of the purple and inbetween the purple..???? what are those areas ??

  2. Mark says:

    Hi Rob,
    Are you looking at these maps? http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/coastal/metal-detecting/maps/
    I’m not seeing the sandy colour.

  3. Terry says:

    I would like to talk to you about your tracking software and wonder if I could please call you at a convenient time. I am working on a project that requires accurate tracking information and would very much welcome your advice on a couple of specific points. Thank you.

  4. mrchris says:

    Hi every one,this is my first time on this site.its nice to be able to communicate with fellow detectorists without complicated setups!!&procedures.I live in west wales so I am fortunate to be Abel to m/detect both beach& land(I have permissions to detect on 2 farms)Is there any one out there that would like to accompany on detecting
    trips(l live in the area of Pembroke)Iam retired so time is of a problem.

  5. Wormslayer says:

    Hi Chris,


    I wish I could take you up on your kind offer, but I think Milton Keynes is a bit too far away 🙁 I will ask in some of the more populated forums for you. It’s nice to have a bit of company sometimes.

    Happy hunting and good luck!

    • chris cromwell says:

      Hi ya buddy,long time no contact!! My fault,long story!!nothing bad though!!
      I used to live for a while in Newport Pagnell,well someone had to!!
      No,seriously, I quite enjoyed it,all to do with work though but now retired as previously said I live in West Wales,and we(me Mrs &me) love it to bits,very,very quiet.
      With plenty of detecting,and some good land and beaches to detect on I couldn’t be a happier bunny!!!…lol,any way buddy,stay in touch,sorry once again

  6. Michael says:

    Howdy! Thanks for this application. I was thinking that this exact needed to be done, and you done it..

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and for the life of me I cannot see where to turn off my Sensor Aiding.

    Lil’ Help?

    Dig Grayson

    • Mark says:

      Hi Micheal,

      I guess not all devices have that option. If you can’t find it, you probably haven’t got it! I would also recommend turning off location services and using gps only.

      Thanks for trying Tect O Trak.

      Good luck.

  7. Peter says:

    Hi I live in South Africa and have been finding a few British military buttons around a fort near East London.
    They are from the frontier wars in the 1800s and I would love to identify them. I purchased a book named Discovering British Military Badges ans Buttons but it is a total wast as the pictures are unclear.
    Could you recommend a better book as im rather frustrated lol

  8. Mark says:

    Hi Peter,
    I’m not sure about books. . My own library is limited to Spink’s ‘Coins of England 2014’ and the internet! 😛 I think the best way to get your buttons identified would be to post some pictures on specialist forums, particularly on facebook. Some smart Alec is sure to know!

  9. Hi Peter
    This is a useful resource on the id of British Military Buttons




  10. robbie roth says:

    Hello I’ve just found your great site and posted a question on the newbie bit somewhere,,,,,,just asking what is the best detector .I’m looking on eBay as can’t afford New .could I ask which are good so I can find a used one. Be Very grateful for this thanks Robbie.

  11. Simon Ashmead says:

    Hi I’m a newbie
    What’s the best way to see any history regards a permission I have in Buckinghamshire
    Also what’s the best maps that are free

  12. Hi Mark, I love this app! I need a little advice please, I am using a Galaxy s7 edge phone and I am attempting to create a search area in advance that is located a few miles down the road from me.
    I move the map to the new area but as I am trying to place my markers the map keeps jumping back to my present location at home. I tried denying location (temp while setting new area) but it then would not open beyond welcome screen. Can you tell me how to prevent this happening please?

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