You can download a Summary of the following results, along with some lovely pics here:
The results of The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt were released at the end of last week, and can also be seen on our The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt web page:
- We received reports from 279 hunts, representing at least 600 hunters heading out to their local beaches.
- 73% of hunts found nurdles.
- The largest number of nurdles collected was a whopping 127,500, in Cornwall, by the Widemouth Taskforce beach cleaning group. (let us know if you can compete with that number!)
- Pellets were found on beaches across the UK, from The Scilly Isles to Shetland.
- Surprising finds included: A riverbank in inland Yorkshire, and thousands of pellets at the northern tip of Scotland close to Thurso.
What's next? We have been busy looking at all the data available to us, ready to submit to the UK government consultation on microplastics and the microbeads ban. This closes on 28th February, so, if you haven't already, you can submit a response telling them what you think about microplastic pollution in our seas! We will be publishing the full analysis of the survey, and full UK nurdle hunt dataset on this site soon, so watch this space...
In the mean time, we want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our volunteers - it's down to you that the word 'nurdle' is now a part of much of the UK population's vocabulary! Below are just a few examples of resulting news articles.
Regional press examples:
Yorkshire Post: Alert as Whitby beach littered with plastic 'nurdles'
The National (Scotland): Nurdles are invading Scotland's beaches and posing a problem for wildlife
Hastings Online Times: Nurdle hunt highlights plastic pollution