Originally Posted by Simon B
I had heard a "law" that said anything between high and low water on the beach was common property. Above is land below is still the sea.
Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, any wreck (includes anything washed ashore from tidal waters) must be reported to the Receiver of Wreck before you have salvage rights. The RW then determines whether you can hold onto it not.
If you don't report your find, you forfeit your claim, plus you can be fined, or have to pay twice what it’s worth or something like that.
I think I heard on the news that the Police were handing out forms for 'salvagers' to fill in.
Just read codprawns BBC link:
"They were also handing out forms so people could report what they had taken to the Receiver of Wreck. This must be done within 28 days, otherwise they are committing an offence. "