Guidelines for Geocaching on land owned/managed by Hampshire County Council's Countryside Service
The following guidelines have been developed by Countryside Rangers, Rights of Way Officers, and members of the Geocaching Community. They are published in order to ensure that the activity can progress in harmony with the many other interests and legal constraints involved in the countryside. We are pleased that Groundspeak, the US owners of geocaching.com, have stated "We truly commend Hampshire County Council on being the first land owning/managing authority to take such a progressive step".
Ensure the cache container is clearly marked, stating that the content is harmless and giving the placer's email address or other contact method. Only items that would be deemed safe and acceptable for an unaccompanied child to find should be placed in the cache.
No cache may be placed in such a way as to risk damage or disturbance to any Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). Protect our heritage.
When placing a cache on a Right of Way, the onus is on the placer to seek the permission of the landowner.
No items of food or drink of any kind should be placed in the cache.
Caches must not be buried, and holes must not be dug in order to place a cache.
Caches must not be hidden in animal holes or runs.
Cache containers must not be placed inside a polythene bag.
Fences should never be crossed when placing or seeking a cache.
No caches should be of a commercial nature, either in location or content.
After placing a cache on countryside sites, the site Ranger must be informed to ensure that the cache does not compromise the management of the site.
Maintenance of the cache is the responsibility of the placer.
When leaving the cache site, after finding or hiding a cache, there must be no visual sign of disturbance.
For reasons of safety and security Hampshire County Council discourage geocaching on their land during the hours of darkness.
Please do not bring geocaching into disrepute, never drive your car anywhere other than on the highways and byways, and always park sensibly in approved places only.
28th Nov 2014.
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