Nearly 40,000 nurdles have been found in a one metre square area in the estuary of the river Seine, France. 

With the Great Global Nurdle Hunt in full swing this month, we wanted to highlight some of the worst polluted areas with nurdles. In France, an organisation called SOS Mal de Seine systematically surveys areas in France for nurdle pollution and have produced comprehensive datasets of pellet pollution which can be seen on our nurdle map. These datasets have highlighted hotspot areas for nurdle pollution in France including areas along the coastline in the English Channel, and areas surrounding the Seine Estuary. 

Last year, SOS Mal de Seine carried out a survey in the National Nature Reserve of the Seine Estuary, 20 km from the Sea. In just a 1 metre square sample they found 38,000 nurdles and countless other plastic items. In total, more than 4kg of plastic were counted, including 90,000 pieces of microplastics. Nurdles made up 42% of the sample. The image below shows the breakdown of the items found in the sample. 

River Seine metre squared findingsNurdles Seine


This hotspot highlights how severe nurdle pollution can be in some areas of the world and why its so important to continue to build evidence, so we can take steps towards implementing solutions especially in areas of biodiversity interest. 

For more information, head to SOS Mal de Seine website. 

There's still time to take part in the Great Global Nurdle Hunt this month, you have until the 31st. If you've already taken part this month, remember to submit your data