The Great Nurdle Hunt (Spring 2017)

Plastic@Bay’s first project was to take part in The Great Nurdle Hunt 2017.

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Billion 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.

The Great Nurdle Hunt is a citizen science project whereby volunteers hunt for nurdles on their local beach and post their findings online. This data is compiled into an interactive map and is used to highlight the problem of nurdle pollution around the U.K. and Europe.