I have recently taken up the hobby of metal detecting and decided to approach some local Hertfordshire farmers to ask their permission to use their land to see what I could find. I was quite shocked at the aggressive responses I got from all but one farmer (who still said no, but in a polite way). I was very polite when speaking to the farmers, as I recognise I am a total stranger asking for a favour. I was wondering if any farmers here could share reasons why farmers dont seem to like metal detectors (all be it a conclusion from my very small sample of farmers). Have any of you had bad experiences? Are there things I am overlooking? I am starting to wonder if I have picked the right hobby, but thought I would try and get some feedback from actual landowners before giving up. Any feedback would be appreciated and could help change my approach perhaps. Thanks!!!