Plastic pellets threaten to bury Scotland’s beaches

     Madeleine Berg of Fidra, with jars of nurdles collected at the nature reserve. Photograph: Bryce Powrie

Some of Scotland’s most popular beaches could soon be made up of as many grains of plastic as sand, according to new research.

An estimated half a million tiny plastic pellets, known as nurdles, were collected in a single day recently from a small stretch of coastline in the Firth of Forth. The findings are just a minute fraction of the amount littering the estuary and other shores around Scotland.

Environmentalists fear the impact of this plastic pollution on globally important seabirds and marine life and are calling for new laws to stop it at source.

Read the full article at The Scotsman

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