The Great Global Nurdle Hunt

Thank you!

That's a wrap for this year. Thank you to all those who took part in The Great Global Nurdle Hunt between 13-22nd March. 

Nearly 1000 people worldwide searched for nurdles during this period. A fantastic turn out and we are delighted that so many could join in.

By taking part and submitting you nurdle finds to our map we are able to show the worldwide extent of this polluiton problem. 

We will be putting together a report of our collective findings and releasing that later in the year to help raise the profile of this important issue. Your participation and these findings will help support our calls for industry to prevent this form of pollution at source.


If you have took part and want to submit data on your finds please click this button below to submit your results.

A selection of photos from the 2020 Great Global Nurdle Hunt:


We are calling for industry to take responsibility of the pellets they handle, and ensure that effective best practice measures are implemented at all stages of the supply chain where pellets are handled to stop this loss at source.

This is a global problem that calls for globally co-ordinated solutions. From trialing solutions with the Scottish government and industry close to home, to raising awareness with EU decision-makers and global trade associations, Fidra are pushing for solutions that work at an international scale. Evidence from our Global Nurdle Hunt is vital for this work.

Our Nurdle Map has shown that people across the world are finding these plastic pellets washed up on their shores. We want to harness this worldwide engagement, showcase the fantastic work people are doing and illustrate to the global plastics industry that the issue of plastic pellet pollution is widespread.  

We organised The Great Global Nurdle Hunt to encourage people across the world to help us build evidence of the problem. By taking to the beaches and organising nurdle hunts in countries all over th world along meters of coastline, people can help show how big this problem is.

To find out more about the solutions we’re working on, check out our newly updated website.


Photo Credit: Tracey Williams / Lego Lost At Sea


Our The Great Nurdle Hunt project runs all year round. So if you want to do another nurdle hunt or want to take part again at a later date then we encourage you to do so.

Please continue to let us know when and where you find nurdles on your beaches.

Click on these buttons to download our helpful resources

Other things you can do now:

Take part in another Nurdle Hunt as part of our ongoing worldwide plastic pollution survey

Check out our Nurdle Map to see where people have found nurdles so far

Share with your friends, colleagues or contacts.