Tempus Code Of Conduct:


All our members are also members of The Federation of Independent Detectorists (FID) or the National Council of Metal Detectorist’s (NCMD). By becoming FID or NCMD members you agree to abide by their code of conduct.


1.Do not trespass. Obtain permission before venturing on to any land.


2.Make an agreement on sharing finds with the landowner to avoid any later misunderstandings.


3.Report all your finds to the landowner, even those that must be declared to the Coroner as well.


4.Respect the Country Code, leave gates and property as you find them and do not damage crops, frighten animals or disturb nesting birds.


5.Wherever the site, do not leave a mess or an unsafe surface for those who may follow. It is perfectly simple to extract a coin or other small object buried a few inches below the ground without digging a great hole. Use a suitable digging implement to cut a neat flap (do not remove the plug of earth entirely from the ground), extract the object, reinstate the grass, sand or soil carefully, and even you will have difficulty in locating the find spot again.


6.If you discover any live ammunition or any lethal object such as an unexploded bomb or mine, do not disturb it. Mark the site carefully and report the find to the local police and landowner.


7.Help keep Britain tidy. Safely dispose of refuse you come across.


8.Report all unusual historical finds to the landowner, and acquaint yourself with current Tempus policy relating to the Voluntary Reporting of Portable Antiquities in England and Wales.


9.Remember it is illegal for anyone to use a metal detector on a designated area (e.g. Scheduled Monuments (SM), Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), or Ministry of Defence property) without permission from the appropriate authority. It is also a condition of most agri-environment agreements that metal detecting access is subject to certain rules and regulations including mandatory finds recording.


10.Acquaint yourself with the terms and definitions used in the following documents: -

(1) "Treasure" contained in the Treasure Act 1996 and its associated Code of Practice, making sure you understand your responsibilities.

(2) Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects including Treasure 2006.

(3) The voluntary Code of Practise for Responsible Metal Detecting.


11.Remember that when you are out with your metal detector you are an ambassador for Tempus. Do nothing that might give it a bad name.


12. Members should conduct research to see if any archaeological digging has been done nearby as finds outside that area might actually be linked to the site and have for relevance for having it.


13. if members uncover something that appears to be military ammunition leave it in situ and contact the relevant authorities.


14. If members uncover potential remains of a burial. Leave in situ and protected, Relevant authorities should be contacted immeadiately.