Outcome of The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt



We are absolutely delighted to get such a huge number of nurdle hunters out for our Great Winter Nurdle Hunt.


  • 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.


Searching for these tiny pellets isn't easy, and we're really grateful to all of you who braved the winter weather to join us on our quest to document this hidden microplastic pollutant.


For more information, including some nurdle hunting pics and a list of news stories, download a summary of the results here:


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No problem! You can report your results via our standard results form.



The information you have gathered will be used to raise awareness with decision makers and ensure that this hidden microplastic pollutant does not go unnoticed.


The UK government is inviting evidence on different sources of microplastic and what we can do to reduce them, as part of its microbeads consultation. The hunts reported from The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt have been added to our existing dataset of hundreds of nurdle finds around the UK and will be fed into this consultation.



Tell the UK government what you think about nurdles, microbeads and the microplastic problem! The consultation runs until 28th February, and is a great opportunity to make your opinions count.

You can respond to the consultation HERE

Download a fact sheet about nurdles that you can use for your response HERE


We've had some great press coverage of our winter hunt, so it would be great to keep up the nurdle-word on social media:


Find us on Twitter (@greatnurdler), Facebook (The Great Nurdle Hunt) and *NEW* on Instagram (@greatnurdler), tag us with your nurdle pics and mention #Nurdlehunt

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