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2. Metal detecting on beaches

Metal detecting is allowed at any time for individuals. Don't forget to check the tides first. You should hold appropriate public liability insurance, report any significant finds to us and leave the beach as you found it (re-instating any holes).

Permission is needed from us for any organised group meets. A booking fee may be charged. You can request a booking or if you have any questions please email

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.

For further information please check with the National Council for Metal Detecting, especially their Code of Practice. Also see the Portable Antiquities Scheme for help identifying your finds.