UK detectorist Andy went out this morning looking for a farmer who'd le him hunt for artefacts on their land. He did not have much luck:
The second and third farms I dropped in on were straight no's and the muttering of people going on their land without permission before. Permission searching really opens your eyes to how huge a problem night hawking really is, it seems nearly every farmer has a story too tell.But when Oxford Archaeology were doing their Nighthawking Survey they could not come across any of these stories (I guess they did not go knocking on doors and asking) and they concluded there was not much nighthawking going on. So what is the truth of the matter?
UPDATE 16th Feb 07:23
For those ever-clueless tekkies who cannot be bothered to find out themselves something they do not know and want everything given to them on a plate: HELM Library: Nighthawking-survey; This blog has a search engine too: search?q= Oxford+Archaeology+Nighthawking. Instant answers for the intellectually lazy. I have a theory that this is why certain people use metal detectors to try and understand the past rather than read a book. Articulating facts obtained from different sources, and finding out things is apparently a huge challenge for some of them.
UPDATE 16th Feb19:20
For the benefit of intellectually lazy people lacking in initiative who cannot be bothered to follow the links given above... If they'd followed the links, they'd find I am very sceptical about the results and interpretations of the Oxford Archaeology Nighthawking survey. I discussed them at some length (giving my reasons) when the report came out. The report had concluded that nighthawking was no less of a problem than it had been, and almost dismissed it as a threat to the archaeological record. I argue why this is extremely doubtful, the survey was based on incomplete data (and that was largely because the NCMD and detectorists in general refused to co-operate with OA). It needs doing again. Vacant people who conclude from this that "[Paul Barford says] night hawks do not exist, apparently" should consider becoming a lollipop man, or anything else less taxing than trying to articulate an opinion.
Vignette: Lollipop man says "STOP".