contrary to what detectorists in denial claim, there is nothing at all improbable in the Heritage Artefact Erosion Counter figures for England and Wales, especially as finds density in southern parts of England is believed to be greater than that in Scotland (going on what is reported by Treasure Hunters to the Scottish Treasure Trove Unit).
This signal was 2 ft down. So well below any plough level. The detectorist uses a deep-seeking Minelab CTX, which he finds is "best for pasture". The Code of Practice for Responsible Detecting says keep off pasture.
Wouldn't it have been nice if the TV presenter had made that observation in the interview as a result of an effective (seventeen million pounds worth of ) PAS "outreach"? Pigs may fly, more metal detectorists may learn, and the PAS might get more of its message across. Probably about the same time as Hell freezes over.
[For the debate on "finds rates", see also PACHI Wednesday, 17 March 2010, 'Scottish Archaeologist Soothes on Figures of Damage' for some other figures from the same milieu.
Also PACHI Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 'Focus on Metal Detecting: Simpletons', note in 2005 experiment, rate of hole digging once every 4 minutes as opposed to Mr McLennan's one every 18 minutes, and PACHI Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 'Focus on Metal Detecting: 30 000 Hours'; compare with PACHI Monday, 26 April 2010, '"Not About the Money"'].
Vignette: From the horse's mouth