Manx Nurdle Hunt

Plastic is made from crude oil and before molding into what we find in everyday objects, they are plastic pellets ready to be transported around the world. These pellets are called "nurdles" and can be found across our beaches and in our marine foodchains. You can help us by hunting for nurdles on beaches and reporting how many you find.

The Manx Wildlife Trust is interested in monitoring how many nurdles are on our beaches, which beaches have more on and if the time of year affects the numbers. This could help us with our studies of marine wildlife as well. We can then pass this information onto the Manx Government and any other interested people.

The leaflet at the bottom of the page has more information and lets you know how you can help us gather more information on nurdles on Manx beaches. 


What are they?

They are small pieces of plastic, usually clear, white or a yellowy colour. They vary in size from 3-5mm and are round in shape, very like the size and shape of a lentil!

Where do you find them?

Look at the highest part of the beach above the high tide line, this is the highest line of seaweed on the beach. Nurdles are so small and light they wash up and are blown up to the top of beaches, especially where there is lots of sand. 

More advice in our leaflet at the bottom of the page. 

Let us know what you find

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