The Forgotten Treasure we found on an Unspoiled Island.Treasure hunting w/ Nicola White

The Forgotten Treasure we found on an Unspoiled Island.Treasure hunting w/ Nicola White

We unearthed forgotten treasures lost centuries ago when we visited the island of Alderney in June 2022 after being offered the chance to do some metal detecting there. Over the course of 3 days Jim our host took us to acres of land which was once home to Romans, Celts, Victorians, Georgians and everyone in between. It was exciting, especially knowing that the land had hardly been detected much over the years. My travelling and detecting companions were Simon Bourne of @Si-finds Thames Mudlark and Clem Chambers of @Chill Bill . We were also accompanied by our host Jim, and Ed Staffin, who contributed the awesome drone footage to this video. Ed also has a YouTube channel and you can find it here – @Ed Staffin
As you will see we found some wonderful treasures between us and I would love to know more about the lion brooch (or is it a cap badge?) that I found. Please let me know if you have any suggestions as to what it used to be!
Not only is Alderney rich in history, but it is also a haven for beautiful wildlife. We visit Gannet Rock to see the gannet colony, thanks to Ed Staffin’s super drone footage, and there is also wonderful footage of a baitball and dolphins at the end of this video. Dont miss it!
You can find out more about Alderney here:-
It’s the third largest channel island after Jersey and Guernsey, and it’s 1.5 miles wide – and 3.5 miles long. Perfect. A peaceful place to escape the busy life of London that is for sure!
Thank you to Jim and Sue for being great hosts, and Thanks to my mud buddies Simon and Clem for being such great companions.

I use a deus orx in this video and highly recommend Regton metal detecting specialists if you want to get started in this fascinating hobby. They will give you all the info and advice you need:-

Thank you for watching.
You can follow me on twitter & instagram @tidelineart
See you soon


  1. Debra Grogan on November 2, 2022 at 9:22 am

    The object at 20:00 looks like a crumb pan, or a dust pan for a fireplace.

  2. Geertrui Van Broekhoven on November 2, 2022 at 9:23 am

    And let’s all appreciate the most special find during this whole mudlarking adventure . There isn’t really a category where we can put this exceptional treasure. It is … Nicola White πŸ’› !

  3. Karen Cross on November 2, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Beautiful place.
    Could you not ID your coins?

  4. K. Green on November 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

    I thought you are landing in Australia πŸ¦˜πŸ˜†

  5. Daviliano Boston MA on November 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Can that little Brass Lion be the the feet of a footed Jewel Casket?, they May have faced each other on opposite ends? Just a Guess! Love your Vlogs from Boston!!

  6. Sadie Levens on November 2, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Such an amazing place!

  7. rockreader4 on November 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Wow! What an incredibly serene location to see and exist in. You were in extremely good company also. ( : Loved all the finds I saw, but your lion head and buckle were my faves.
    To the best of my recollection Nic, it is "freshly mown" grass. Awesome drone footage!

  8. Viv'sALittleBitCrafty on November 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    21:05, my stomach seriously lurchedπŸ˜† Oh wow the end footage is fantastic. Brilliant video, Nicola.

  9. Stephen Downing on November 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Taking the piss with all the adverts, gave up watching half way through.

  10. Ann Benedek on November 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Grass has been known to moan when freshly mowed . . . just saying. Ann (Canada)

  11. Tom Lee on November 2, 2022 at 9:30 am

    What a lovely and joyful video. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us. you make the world a better place πŸ™‚

  12. Jim Chambers on November 2, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Great finds by a beautiful lady. No one can resist going to the beach and getting in the water. Well, I can’t. Some interesting finds also. No pipes, hmmmm? Thanks for letting us tag alongπŸ˜˜πŸ˜…πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŒΉ

  13. Diggin With Deej on November 2, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Great collaboration weekend! Wish we could have met while I was in London. πŸ˜ͺ

  14. Eric Didiergeorge on November 2, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Sorry Nicola, the Wombles are completely unknown in France

  15. Paul Barnes on November 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

    If it is Bronze it could be a Roman Phalerae ? (Decorative Boss worn over armour- a bit like campaign medals in later military) As its Not any cap badge that I know of.
    I think "The Brighton Badger" may have the correct answer though Two bosses with heads facing inwards with a fastening chain.
    Whatever it is -its a Great find

  16. Maarina Budd on November 2, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Now, I’m not going to do a spoiler alert but that Drone footage at the end is…..
    Absolutely stunning and the accompanying music for it is totally 100% spot on! xx

  17. Louis Cecere on November 2, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Looks like there is also a little lamb with the lion.

  18. janice white on November 2, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Now Nicola, you should know better than to roll in surf on a SANDY beach. Brought back memories of mum trying to get me dry with sand everywhere! Lovely video and a beautiful place!

  19. Shelly Moreau on November 2, 2022 at 9:44 am

    I greatly enjoyed this video, Nicola…for a variety of reasons. Just awesome. What an adventure. I particularly loved your adventure in the ocean. I’m such a fan of waves, and the ocean. You’re quite brave, indeed. Keep up the fabulous work. πŸ™‚ Oh…and Happy Hallowe’en from Thurso, Quebec, Canada. πŸ™‚

  20. Pierre Hachin on November 2, 2022 at 9:46 am

    LOUIS XIV OU LE ROI SOLEIL Six deniers dits "Dardenne"

  21. Frederick Spector on November 2, 2022 at 9:47 am

    I’ve seen Gannets out to sea flying past the New Jersey Shore with a spotting scope,and my wife and I saw colonies on
    Bonventure Island in Nova Scotia along with kittiwakes and Black Guillemots back in the 70’s.
    We also saw Puffins on a boat trip when we visited Prince Edward Island,
    But Alderney is amazingly rich in History and Nature.
    Rik Spector

  22. Wildlife at home on November 2, 2022 at 9:48 am

    When the drone was over the gannets, I could swear I heard a phone ringing.🀣 I hope Jim found his, they are like losing a wallet anymore. I think the finds must really make you want to go back for more, best of all it must have been a good time with everyone else there!

  23. Sandra Plonka on November 2, 2022 at 9:49 am

    This was awesome and thank you. Love your friends and island. Did the gentleman ever find his phone. Someone should have just called it.

  24. Maggie Zerkel on November 2, 2022 at 9:50 am


  25. greg bolitho on November 2, 2022 at 9:51 am


  26. Sylvia Cortes on November 2, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Nicola ,lo que nos muestras es muy interesante .Bendicionez para ustedes πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  27. Christine Hodge on November 2, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Great video, so different ,views wonderful of the island,3 in the group again,

  28. Diane Noles on November 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Wow what an enthralling ending to a fab vlog. I found something similar to your lions head a few months ago at the Victorian tip. Sadly mime was squashed.

  29. Roger Dempsey on November 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Great day for you guys outdoors and the fines are awesome and the view is out of this world πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸŒ΄

  30. R.m. knudson on November 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Someone…call his phone πŸ“±!

  31. Mom Stetson on November 2, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Is that a small deer in the upper part of the lions mane?

  32. gerald guyette on November 2, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Nicola , I think the island is the treasure you found , what a place . Thanks to you we got a small glimpse of Alderney , and the drone footage was beautiful , thanks .

  33. MissTarotLady on November 2, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Love your videos x

  34. K Frost on November 2, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Is the shovel part of an elaborately decorated fireplace set?

  35. impunitythebagpuss on November 2, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Fantastic video! Amazing drone work watching the dolphins wrangling that school of fish! Hope the phone was found?

  36. oneagentfrog on November 2, 2022 at 9:58 am

    I say it’s mowed like: "I mowed the lawn"

  37. Jeannie Nash on November 2, 2022 at 9:59 am

    That looks like a fireplace shovel

  38. V Shipman on November 2, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Please! What is the jolly music? I love it! πŸ™‚

  39. Kerry Toby on November 2, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Fred hurt his finger and moaned while digging in the mowed grass. πŸ™‚

  40. Dawn Schoenrock on November 2, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Did Bill ever find his phone. He could have used the drone or the metal detector to locate it

  41. Bronwyn Dobbins on November 2, 2022 at 10:05 am

    If you had his phone number you could have rang his phone and listened out for it. I love the Wombles. Sometimes I walk around my house singing Wombles of Wimbledon and my kids say watch out she’s visiting her childhood again, love them. Some beautiful finds today, very interesting too.

  42. Zandain on November 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

    What a stupendous way of spending a few days!! Larking with friends, on a quaint island πŸ–
    …love the finds, such amazing footage
    – good times, thank you for bringing us along 😊
    hello from Denmark 🌸 🌱

  43. LIM PEH KA LI KONG on November 2, 2022 at 10:10 am

    An idyllic little island. Being Australian, the water would be FAR too cold for me to go swimming in.

    For Si, 1770 is King George III, not George II.

  44. david long on November 2, 2022 at 10:13 am

    The badge you found at 39.00 was a GPO badge that would have been worn by a postman on his collar and/or cap.

  45. Wildlife at home on November 2, 2022 at 10:14 am

    I didn’t see many other people swimming, too many sharks?🀣 Honestly I think you are crazy, but in the best way! That must have been cold.

  46. Wreckdiver59 on November 2, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I finally caught up on all of your videos πŸ˜‰ I got a bit behind during my annual Florida trip. Really nice to see the three of you together.
    I tried looking for the lion badge with no luck. I’m sure you noticed the small animal above the lion’s head. A fawn maybe?

  47. matt.81 on November 2, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Jesuit traders ring they used them in French Canada and America alot.

  48. Jon Spielman on November 2, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Absolutely lovely! Great finds, beautiful scenery, and those Drone shots were Beautiful! Amazing video as always!

  49. Jeff Lawrentz on November 2, 2022 at 10:17 am

    I wonder if your lion was once part of the decoration on a travel trunk- the kind which were covered in vellum and intended to carry valuables. That was quite a beautiful adventure, Nikola and I appreciate you taking us along. Thank you. Ps. I wonder if blonde hedgehogs really have more fun ? πŸ˜‚

  50. Norrie Macmillan on November 2, 2022 at 10:18 am

    it’s neither mowed or mowen I’ve always called it hoovered 🀣🀣🀣 going out to hoover the grass πŸ˜„

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