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Balnakeil beach clean tomorrow following 'severe' plastic pollution from storms

By Mike Merritt

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Microplastics recovered from Durness beach yesterday.
Microplastics recovered from Durness beach yesterday.

A scientist has warned of "severe" plastic pollution from recent storms that is threatening some of the north's best beaches and seas.

The organisation Plastic@bay is now mounting an emergency beach clean at Balnakeil Beach tomorrow and appealing for volunteers to join them.

"The recent storms have brought with them severe plastic pollution, particularly thousands of microplastics," said Dr Julien Moreau of Plastic@bay.

"I have never seen so much micro plastic – it's the worst I have ever seen. It just shows what's going on. The plastic has come from all over the world. The nurdles mainly come from the USA.

"If this plastic it not removed in the next three to four days it will be either washed back out to sea or buried in the sand.

"Please come along on Saturday and help us clean Balnakeil Beach. If you can't make it, bring a bag to the beach and clean at another time or at a beach near you. We can provide you with equipment, gloves, bags and pickers.

"A warning - microplastics, particularly nurdles (round and spherical microplastic) can be toxic, so wear gloves."

The clean-up will take place between 1pm and 4pm.

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