Mudlark Regulations in the U.K.

Mudlarks of Victorian London in the River Thames, from “The Headington Magazine” 1871

Mudlarking along the Thames River foreshore is controlled by the Port of London Authority.

According to the Port of London website, two type of permits are issued for those wishing to conduct metal detecting, digging, or searching activities.

  • Standard – allows digging to a depth of 7.5 cm (for all new applicants)
  • Mudlark – allows digging to a depth of 1.2m

Click here for detailed information and access to permit applications.

To learn more about mudlarking, the following video is an excellent starting point.  Artist and mudlark Nicola White shares the joy of this relaxing and fulfilling endeavor.  Her videos are beautifully made and aside from sharing her finds she often takes the time to film and share the river wildlife discovered upon her adventures.

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