Gold panning

As a responsible mineral owner, we discourage gold panning as such activity causes harm to the aquatic environment and damages wildlife and their habitats in and around streams and rivers.

Because of the damage that gold panning causes, we do not grant permission for people to remove any gold. The permission of the landowner is also required to gain access to the stream or river to pan for gold.

It is an offence to remove gold found by recreational panning without the relevant permission from the owner.

Please download our map to see a few specific locations where gold and silver is owned by third parties and not The Crown Estate.

Non-Crown Mines Royal Interests in Scotland (PDF, 2.83 MB)

We understand that this policy may disappoint some. However, our intention is to help preserve the aquatic environments which are susceptible to damage.

To understand more about the type of damage that gold panning can cause, please contact your relevant national statutory nature conservation organisation, as breaches of environmental and other legislation may result in prosecution or other action.

For more information please visit:

Natural Resources Wales

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Natural England