Tiny plastic pellets found on 73% of UK beaches
A search of hundreds of beaches across the UK has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets. But searches of 279 shorelines from Shetland to Scilly revealed that 205 (73%) contained pellets.
Thousands of the tiny pellets were spotted by volunteers over a short period in locations from Porth Neigwl in Wales to the shoreline in front of the dunes at Seaton Carew near Hartlepool, County Durham, and after stormy conditions on the Isle of Wight.
Experts say they soak up chemical pollutants from their surroundings and then release the toxins into the animals, such as birds and fish, that eat them.