On Saturday 21st April, volunteers gathered on beaches across the county, equipped with bin bags and litter pickers for the Great Dorset Beach Clean, a campaign lead by Litter Free Coast and Sea. I organised the participation for my local beach in Swanage, which saw a brilliant turnout of 30 volunteers who came to join the event!
Whilst some beaches are particularly prone to a plastic tide and others appear pristine, there is one thing that all beaches have in common - nurdles. These little plastic pellets are found all over the world, including remote islands otherwise completely untouched by humans. In the UK, Tregantle beach in Cornwall is one of the worst I've seen. Join me there in the video below, where I ask the question; what are nurdles?
Over the past couple weeks, record numbers of these curious creatures have been reported. Strong westerly winds have brought them from across the atlantic, so far washing up along our shorelines in the southwest. The news has been widely shared across the country, so what's the fuss all about?
St Cuthberts Beads are one of the finest beachcombing treasures you can find! Once living creatures over 300 million years ago, these little fossils have since been collected for centuries, but can only be found in one location in the Northeast England...