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« on: December 18, 2013, 02:05:58 AM »

Ok Been Blackpool recently, There was 9 detectorists on there,
Rhyl two weeks ago 7 detectorists on there,

Has this hobby become to popular?  " Your Thought's Please"
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 05:56:39 AM »

Is anything being found though?   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 07:45:53 AM »

the beaches are big enough. plenty of room for everyone.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 08:04:37 AM »

It's not even close to being as popular as it was in the late 70's early 80's, the internet gives a false impression of it's popularity but it doesn't take too long to realise that if you belong to several forums your talking to the same 500-1000 individuals. Beaches can be misleading as they not only attract those who are hardened beach detectorists but it's the usual and obvious place for newbies to go before they have any inland permissions and the more popular the beach, the higher the concentration of detectors.
It's a sobering fact that for every 10 people that come in to the hobby only 2 will still be in it after 12 months Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2013, 01:26:16 PM »

im struggling to carry on after almost 8 years,so I must be hard core Grin,defo spent less time detecting this year than any other and now with the end of the year coming up its a good time to think of other things,no regrets though its been fun  h.h all.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2013, 01:46:41 PM »

Ok Been Blackpool recently, There was 9 detectorists on there,
Rhyl two weeks ago 7 detectorists on there,

Has this hobby become to popular?  " Your Thought's Please"
I agree with the comments already made Wink also think of all the time you drive around to different places !! and just how often do you see detectorist's in fields Huh we live in a big country plenty of room, I very rarely see anyone, In fact I think I am the only one who does Wiltshire Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013, 03:12:55 PM »

Ok Been Blackpool recently, There was 9 detectorists on there,
Rhyl two weeks ago 7 detectorists on there,

Has this hobby become to popular?  " Your Thought's Please"

We have up to 80 plus detectorists on my small island (33miles by 12miles) and beaches are still producing after nearly 40yrs ...No hobby can not get to popular,as i get abit of green eye on  the amazing finds the newcomers make. BUT.....I would miss handling a rare object that would add a new chapter to our wonderful history.....000
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 03:28:28 PM »

Ok Been Blackpool recently, There was 9 detectorists on there,
Rhyl two weeks ago 7 detectorists on there,

Has this hobby become to popular?  " Your Thought's Please"
I agree with the comments already made Wink also think of all the time you drive around to different places !! and just how often do you see detectorist's in fields Huh we live in a big country plenty of room, I very rarely see anyone, In fact I think I am the only one who does Wiltshire Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink
There are three of us has me HAMMERRHOID and my son Cut/half live and detect in Wiltshire when we are not detecting with DetectingWales . But it is true what you say you rarely see anyone detecting when you are travelling about (except if you happen to pass by a DetectingWales dig on a Sunday) Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 05:48:50 PM »

I have only ever seen two single people detecting and had one other pair ask me if they could join me in a field in all my time swinging the coil. For a few years I was out several times a week, and apart from jaydogg and mark ( my detecting buddies) we never saw a soul.

As Spikey said its a big old country. We are definitely in the minority! Personally I still have never met anyone socially who I consider a detectorist, but lots of people who have a detector in their attic or shed gathering dust.

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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 05:58:01 PM »

The more the better i say, as been said there's plenty of room, and the more popular detecting becomes, perhaps the prices will come down on detectors etc .
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 06:00:13 PM »

It's not even close to being as popular as it was in the late 70's early 80's, the internet gives a false impression of it's popularity but it doesn't take too long to realise that if you belong to several forums your talking to the same 500-1000 individuals. Beaches can be misleading as they not only attract those who are hardened beach detectorists but it's the usual and obvious place for newbies to go before they have any inland permissions and the more popular the beach, the higher the concentration of detectors.

It's a sobering fact that for every 10 people that come in to the hobby only 2 will still be in it after 12 months Wink

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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2013, 06:58:17 PM »

ow get off my beaches lol
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 02:34:14 PM »

ow get off my beaches lol

Didnt Winston Churchill say fight them on the beaches.......does that apply to detectorists now / Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2013, 03:33:02 PM »

traveling round the country by car and train and passing gazillions of fields that have never  seen a searcher ,most (99 % ?) fields will never be done  till hell freezes over.
despite the numbers of owners of machines.
there must 1000s of stonking hoards still buried .
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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 07:10:20 PM »

sorry I really don't believe in this 1000s of hoard theorys,,if we take the whole of the u.k and factor in how much land has been built on,{urban sprawl,housing,airports,shopping centres etc etc} yes there could be a few hoards buried underneath a housing estate or 2,,then consider that much of the landscape we see today wasn't even accesable 2000 years ago,{waterways,floodplains,dense woodland etc} then throw in another factor that a lot  of the land we see today hasn't seen a living soul before the 1700s with great swathes of the country virtually unwalked on by anybody in the history of mankind,,another factor is there was probably more  hoards found in the 18,19th c mostly due to to people moving massive amounts of earth { building canals, railways etc}.
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