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by Nigel Swift

You’d think a country that hasn’t regulated metal detecting would at least be vociferous about what is and isn’t acceptable. But no, it seems not……


Night vision.

What do YOU think?! Is it OK to sell night vision items in Britain’s largest metal detector shop? Are they (as the makers say) just a ” must have’ for Treasure Hunters who need to scout out sights at night“? or (as one detectorist says) “for  guarding my metal detecting sites from night hawkers“?  Or is their main use likely to be for nighthawking itself? I think we all know the answer!

But how can it be happening? Well, it’s because this is Bonkers Britain and hardly anyone has complained about it. How do I know that? Because if they had, Regtons would surely have desisted.

So here’s a wide open opportunity for ordinary members of the public to get involved in community archaeology and make a contribution towards site protection. Please contact and tell them what you think. Let’s see how long it is before those pages are deleted. We’ve previously demonstrated to The Establishment that muscular outreach can be more effective than limp-wristed appeasement. A second demo straight from the community would be good.

[Update: NB, the correct email address is]


Update 1 August 2014
The night vision equipment so beloved by nighthawks is still being advertised by Regtons


Update 28 September 2014
Regtons are now promoting a forthcoming comedy sitcom about artefact hunting. It’s a laughing matter you see.

But what isn’t a laughing matter is that they are STILL selling a range of night vision items that nighthawks use and describing them as METAL DETECTING ACCESSORIES.



More Heritage Journal views on artefact collecting



July 2014

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