Illegal Metal Detecting in the UK and Crown Dependencies
Welcome to the Nighthawking Survey website.
What is nighthawking? Metal-Detecting is a pastime enjoyed by many people. Most Detectorists act responsibly and greatly help our understanding of the past. However, a number of people use detectors to steal objects from the ground, often with the intention of selling them for personal profit. They usually operate at night, and in great secrecy, and have become known as ‘Nighthawks’.
What is the problem?
Nighthawking can seriously
damage archaeological sites, by removing vital evidence and damaging the
undisturbed layers. Also, the good reputation of responsible metal detectorists
is greatly harmed by Nighthawking.
this Survey tell us?
With the information that you can provide us in this survey, we will be able to build a more accurate picture of the effect Nighthawking has on the historic environment which may then be used to inform Government and law enforcement strategies.