Gold Panning and Prospecting With Vincent Thurkettle

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The great outdoors is much loved, and people enjoy their time in the British countryside in many ways, perhaps the most unusual of which is gold panning. Nature has deposited little flakes and nuggets of wild, natural gold in many of Britain’s streams and rivers, but only a very few people know this. The Royal family still use gold from Wales and the Scottish crown was made from gold washed from small burns high in the Southern Uplands.

Gold Fever can be life changing!  Vincent Thurkettle became fascinated with searching for natural gold after reading geology as a forestry student, and then, by chance, meeting a gold prospector. He has never looked back and since then has spent all his spare time gold prospecting in countries across Europe, and from Australia and New Zealand to the Yukon in Canada. But, perhaps surprisingly, his favourite locations are in Ireland and the UK. In May 2005 he took the huge leap of leaving his comfortable, well-paid office job for the freedom to live as a gold prospector.

Vincent was President of the World Goldpanning Association for seven years and in 2007 he won a gold medal at the World Goldpanning Championships in Canada. In 2012 he found the biggest gold nugget ever recorded in Britain off the coast of Anglesey - currently valued at a staggering £50,000.  

Vincent Thurkettle news article links.

The Sunday Times

BBC Countryfile

Daily Mail

Britain's biggest gold nugget BBC news

Spectacular gold nugget The Telegraph

£50,000 gold nugget The Daily Mail

Video Royal Charter shipwreck treasure

Video BBC Look East - Britain's biggest gold nugget