Headlands: Nurdles often accumulate near the headlands of bays. This is a good place to start your hunt.
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. Nurdles can be found amongst the seaweed and driftwood, as well as other bits of plastic and marine litter at that high tide line.
Sandy beaches: It is often much easier to spot nurdles on sandy beaches. They can be harder to spot on rocky 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 water bodies such as lochs, lakes, and reservoirs is also useful.
When is the best time to search?
The best time to search for nurdles on the sand is after a storm or high tide.
Before you head down to the beach or river, remember to check the conditions! We do not want you getting washed away!