Restrictions on metal detecting and archaeological fieldwork in Environmental Stewardship Agreements.

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Dear Natural England,
As a local authority countryside officer and metal detectorist I was slightly puzzled by a clause in the environmental stewardship agreement banning the above. English Nature, as I understand it after 27 years as a senior officer in countryside management, exists to protect and improve habitats. Can you please explain why it is felt necessary to include any reference to metal detecting and archaeology in agreements, as it seems to me that both activities are out of your remit and terms of reference.
Yours faithfully,
John Stokes

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