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.


We are delighted to announce that The Great Nurdle Hunt won the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards for best Marine Conservation Project! It was an inspiring evening at Sheraton hotel in Edinburgh, where 300 people, representing organisations doing a variety of fantastic work across Scotland, came together to celebrate some amazing conservation success stories. The award was presented to our very own Sarah Archer and Madeleine Berg by Esther Villoria Dominguez, the Environmental and Consents Manager for Vattenfall.


The European trade association for plastics producers, Plastics Europe, have released the first public report on Operation Clean Sweep, highlighting the progress the industry association has made over the last couple of years to promote the voluntary scheme to members. 

Nurdling 9 to 5 – what a way to make a difference!

A few weeks ago, alongside Marine Conservation Society, and support from Forth Valley College, The Conservation Volunteers and the local community council (as well as avid nurdle hunters!) we headed to Bo'ness beach to collect as many pellets as we possibly could over a full 8 hour day. Over the day we managed to collect a remarkable ~540,000 pellets! Well done everyone!! 


Thanks to all of you who took part in The Great European Nurdle Hunt in June. We had over 250 nurdle hunters take part over the 4 days, with hunts carried out in 9 different countries!

Take a look at some statistics from the weekend, plus some of your nurdle pics below:


The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt - Results and Media Storm!


Wow! As a result of the FANTASTIC efforts of a huge network of citizen scientists around the UK, we had a bit of a media storm at nurdle hunt HQ! Now the dust has settled we have time to review...