The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 2019

Plastic@Bay joined The Great Global Nurdle Hunt, which took place from 8th to 17th February 2019.

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Billions are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but leaks into the environment and washes up on our shores.

Nurdles attract and concentrate pollutants like DDT and PCBs to toxic levels. Like other microplastics nurdles are mistaken for prey by many marine animals and seabirds and enter the food chain.

We collected 30 nurdles from Balnakeil Beach on a particularly wet and windy Sunday afternoon (even for Durness), so thank you to everyone who showed up. Our finding were complied onto a Global Nurdle map.

The results are in:

  • A total of 352 nurdle hunts
  • Nurdle hunts in 32 countries across all 7 continents
  • 1272 people took part
  • More than 1400 volunteer hours
  • Over 75 organisations, community groups and local businesses from across the globe.
  • Click here for official press release