Don't forget to check the tides first. Permission is needed from us for any organised group meets. There are beaches in East Devon that don't belong to us and permission should always be sought from the land owner before setting out. Please call us to check ownership, if it's not ours we may know whose it is. If you do come metal detecting in East Devon please make sure you don't interfere with or cause a nuisance to other land users, or cause damage to plants and wildlife.
Also see the Portable Antiquities Scheme for help identifying your finds. Hunting the dry sand of a popular beach is extremely competitive and can be a vast stretch of land. If you are interested in metal detecting the dry sand, timing is important. My advice is to head down just before sun down on a Saturday or Sunday night. Because the regulars like to head out the next morning but you will beat them to it!
Now keep in mind, some beaches have curfews and if you are worried about people at night, try hunting from 6 p. That way, its not terribly late and there will be some people around but there will be plenty of sand to hunt.
Because its complicated! There are so many factors at play when searching the wet sand. Tidal movements, storms, shape of the beach, you name it.
It comes down to one thing, sand movement. Below are some basics but if you really want to get in depth information check out this book which details wet sand hunting, Gold Beneath the Waves: Treasure Hunting the Surf and Sand. I like to use www. Also, check to see if the beach you are metal detecting has a beach camera. These beach cameras are invaluable as they show how crowded the beach is, if there is a storm, current sand conditions, you name it.
Metal Detecting Low Tide: I like to get to the beach in the morning around an hour before low tide. Some like to get there earlier but I have a day job and waking up around 5 a. I prefer to work the visible wet sand, starting where most of the water activity takes place. Items can be pushed onto the slope but for the most part they will settle in the leveled out area. Look for jetties or the ends of beaches as sand can accumulate here, as well as targets.
Look and feel the sand: What is the consistancy, when you press your foot in does it sink in a little or is there resistance. This is important because this will determine how deep the targets are and how much light sand is covering them up. You want to feel hard packed sand. If you see shells or rocks, this is a good sign. It shows that there is potential for metallic targets as well. The closer you are to this layer the better, as most objects get stuck in this mixture as it is very dense.
These are areas close to water line that have created a long trench running parallel along the beach, they are usually in the water or can be visible during a negative tide. Items will settle in the trough, I usually find the heavier items here, like watches, old phones, etc.
These are similar to troughs but instead of being in the water, they form during the transition between high tide and low tide. They are different in that they run perpendicular to the beach. It will look like the beach has humps as there will be high and low sections.
The low sections act to funnel wave action whereas the higher banks have little sand movement. Items will settle in certain locations typically on the banks or if there is a slope, when the slope starts to decrease. Remember the wet area is lower, so you may be able to find deeper, older items in that area depending on how deep the scallop is. One thing to keep in mind is that as you search the wet sand of the beach you may find a concentration of items.
You want to really go slow in this area because if you are finding concentrated items like crusty coins or heavier items, the likelihood of old jewelry in going to be increased. Beach Metal Detecting: Water Hunting This is the final step in beach metal detecting because it is by far the most difficult. There are guys out there who dive and go past their necks when metal detecting which I do not do, nor do I have any experience.
For the purposes of water hunting I am talking about around knee to chest high. Any higher and you need to worry about weight belts and other gear. Remember you may be able to detect out in the deep water but good luck digging up a target. Finding Targets: Similar to wet sand hunting, looking for troughs is key.
Also, look for shells or any debris that is on the bottom. Those items collect in certain areas underwater, usually just past the wave break. Work slowly because the increased friction on the coil and shaft from the water can tire you out quickly and puts additional strain on the shaft. Keep your eye on waves as a surprise one can ruin your day.
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Digging Targets: Now the fun begins. Extracting the target without it being washed away! Once you have a good target place the coil over the target on the ground and hold it there as best you can. Get your feet in a solid spot so you have a good sturdy position.
Place your beach scoop right below the coil. Wait for a break in the wave activity, preferably right after one has past you, then start digging, hopefully you will get it in the first scoop. Be especially careful for waves and be sure you take decent sized scoops as there is a chance the target can get swept away from the waves.
I usually check online but when I am at the beach I like to know where the tide is at. I got my tide watch as a gift. You get a number of essential parts and accessories with this detector, including a coil cover, ClearSound headphones, an adjustable arm strap, and batteries.
If you fancy a go at beach metal detecting welcome to the club - here are tips to help you find coins, jewelry and other treasures on the beach!. Metal detecting in the beach is perhaps (I would say certainly) one of the most popular places that hobbyists head to. That's why, you will more lately going to.
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