Welcome to Sand-scratching;

We are all familiar with the term Beach-Combing, the art of walking the beaches and picking up what the sea has left behind, the word beach-combing, is an Americanized word, but here in England it “historically” would have had, many different “local” names, as beach-combing is a generalised name for the art of finding what Neptune has given back;

Sandscratcher-Bri, has added a relative modern twist to the idea of Beach-Combing, again using minimal tools, with the notable use of a pin-pointer, which is an electronic probe, much-loved by Metal Detectorists to retrieve the finds from within the hole, they have just dug….

br2A  Sandscratchers Tale… as told by Sandscratcher-Bri;

Under the umbrella of Treasure Hunting, i go looking for Native Gem Stones, Fossil Hunting & practise the contemporary art-form of “Trench-Art” i also use a metal detector on both land and beach;

But my other treasure hunting hobby  is totally different, as i like to “sandscratch” in & around the clay cracks at the bottom of my local cliffs. I heard about people going sandscratching a long time ago, the story’s of when the local people used to go down on to the beach after a good storm, and start to scratch around at the base of these cliffs, hoping to get a bit of extra cash, when times were hard…

After hearing the storys it led me to give this form of treasure hunting a try, and i also came up with an idea for a name, so i borrowed the name sandscratching, to be used in part, as a pseudonym, with the first three letters of my first name, hence Sandscratcher-Bri;

To date, I have had loads of coins, a few rings etc… just by using your eyes & peering in the cracks left in the clay, to reiterate the best time to search these cracks, is after a storm, this is when the waves throw the coins up onto the clay cliffs, and when the wave recedes, it leaves the coins and artefacts behind, because they fall into the cracks and crevies at the base of the clay cliffs… The best place to look is where you see other bits of metal, and where they have come to rest or have got stuck, quite often where there is metal, invariably there is coins. Sometime I take my pin pointer and go through the sand in the cracksbri6 to find coins but more than likely you can see them stuck end upwards after a bit of looking your eyes get used to seeing the round often green discs and if your lucky the glint of gold, hopefully in the shape of a ring…

on the left, believe it or not, in that tiny crack is a coin…

So today [14.12.2018] I set off to one of my best spots, a few miles down the coast to have a scratch about, but as I had been down to this particular spot just recently, I did not expect much, as the sea had not been rough enough to deposit something new for me to find, instead when I arrived I found the wind had blown the fine-sand up onto the base of the cliffs, covering the clay-cracks, making my task bit more difficult, anyway after 2 hours I had a grand total of 5 coins – 3 x 1p, 1 x 2p & an unidentifiable coin? Not a lot to show…
But its something different to using a metal detector, all of these 5 coins were found eyes only , & not with the pin pointer, a Trowel is a good thing to take with you to have a “scrape about” by using the trowel it speeds up the time spent moving the sand, pebbles etc. around… also the trowel is used to clear out the holes, that sometime occur in the clay, these holes fill up with a mixture of sand, pebbles and other debris…bri4

On the left; is a green disc, just lying on the surface…

Whilst out on these cliffs it is also worth turning a few of the larger stones, whilst not neglecting the smaller stones, as I have found coins underneath them, although you will never get rich practising this particular branch of the hobby, it is just nice to get out now and again, and give it a try, some days you will get a few coins, whilst other days you will get nothing, but it’s just something I like to do now and again…

Happy scratting and good luck, “sandscratcher-bri”

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The photo below shows a few hours scratching around early in march 2018 just after the beast from the east blew in…