Where are the best places to find nurdles?
- Headlands: Nurdles often accumulate near the headlands of bays.
- Paths: Look on sheltered paths/tracks at the edge of the beach. Nurdles could have been blown or swept there during very high tides or storms
- Vegetation: Swept onshore from the sea, nurdles can get caught in vegetation at the back of the beach - they can also accumulate at the bottom of seawalls.
- Tideline: The sea washes debris up the beach, creating a tide line where the last high tide reached. Nurdles can be found amongst the seaweed and driftwood, as well as other bits of plastic and marine litter.
- Sandy beaches: It is often much easier to spot nurdles on sandy beaches. they can be harder to spot on pebbly or stony beaches.
- Riverbanks or estuaries: Most nurdles enter the oceans via rivers and waterways. Check riverbanks for nurdles caught in vegetation, often after high water.
- Inland: Spills occur across the country. Checking other bodies of water
such as lakes and reservoirs is also a great idea.
When is the best time to find them?
The ocean and rivers carry microplastics and nurdles constantly, but the best time to find them on the sand is at low tide or after a storm. Before you head down to the beach or river check the conditions to ensure that you remain safe.