With only one week left to go before 100’s of groups, organisations and individuals hit their local beach to join in the worldwide search for nurdles, we are getting excited!

As it’s such an impossible task, we don’t encourage our nurdle hunters to remove the nurdles, but still we often get asked the question; ‘What should I do with the nurdles I collect?’


Today, the Dutch NGO, Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF) has released its results of an investigation into the pollution of rivers and waterways surrounding three major ports in the Netherlands.


As a new year nurdle gift, we want to share with you a bit more detail about the work we're doing behind the scenes to try to tackle pellet pollution at source, stopping it from reaching the sea in the first place.

The time has come again for the annual Great Global Nurdle Hunt.

This time, we want it to be even bigger and are calling for people from all corners of the earth to join us in heading to a beach, searching for nurdles and submitting data online.


Nurdles don't need to become marine litter at all, but we need co-ordinated international action to tackle this global issue at source. 


In case you missed it, plastic pellet pollution was in the news this weekend. Great to see national media reporting on the issue and raising awarenss of nurdle pollution.


As the second largest source of microplastic pollution in the world, nurdles continue to wash up on coastlines from Cape Town to Canada, the Galapagos Islands to Grangemouth. Key to this information is our world wide team of Nurdle Hunters providing clear evidence of nurdle pollution on our beaches. Thanks again to all those who took part, take part and will be taking part again. 


 The results are in...


Plastic pellets pollute 28 out of 32 countries surveyed during first Global Nurdle Hunt with over a thousand people taking part across all 7 continents.


Just over 2 weeks ago the Great Global Nurdle Hunt was concluded and there is no doubt this problem is indeed global. 

The world’s first Great Global Nurdle Hunt, organised by environmental charity Fidra, revealed the global scale of plastic pellet (nurdle) pollution with nurdles found from the Galapagos to Galloway. A total of 352 nurdle hunts took place over 9 days (8th-17th February 2019), in 32 countries and across all 7 continents.  Plastic pellets were found on 84% of beaches surveyed and in all continents surveyed except Antarctica – demonstrating the need to address this issue and stop pellet loss at source.


 More than a thousand people are set to take part in worldwide search for tiny plastic pellets in the first Great Global Nurdle Hunt, spanning 6 continents.

This Friday 8th February environmental charity Fidra launches the first  Great Global Nurdle Hunt, an international beach survey to illustrate the global extent of a little-known form of microplastic pollution, nurdles. Anyone can take part by searching for nurdles (plastic pellets) on their local beach between 8th – 17th February and logging their nurdles finds at . So far 160 individual nurdle hunts are due to take place in 16 countries with support from over 60 organisations as part of this worldwide data collection event.



Plastic pellets were found to be littering the environment near companies that manufacture plastic products, despite company commitments to Operation Clean Sweep, an industry initiative committed to achieving zero pellet loss.


Volunteers find plastics pellets (nurdles) on 93% of the beaches surveyed for The Great Technicolour Nurdle Hunt. The event took place across the UK on 13th – 16th April 2018, in total volunteers gave 4545 minutes of their time to nurdling at over 85 nurdle hunts.