A clay-based field can feel like concrete in the summer, but come the autumnal and winter rains can be transformed into a mini Somme environment! Even fields that are still covered in decaying stubble can result in the development of what I call ‘Moon Boots’.
These moist or saturated clay-based soils can result in the detectorist carrying around many extra pounds in weight attached to their wellies. I’ve seen people wobbling about, swinging their arms, and on occasion totally lose their balance in such conditions. The extra weight can be very tiring, causing fatigue and strain, and for us somewhat older individuals, can be tedious, annoying and downright dangerous.
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