A closer look at the strand line where the turnstones were feeding revealed a disturbing amount of plastic confetti and nurdles. In the first area I looked, a patch of sand about the size of my own hand was covered with fragments of plastic and nurdles - the pre-production pellets that look exactly like fish eggs. If I could find so much so quickly and in such a small area then there must be uncountable numbers.
What exactly were the birds eating....?
|Plastic confetti + nurdles + sea water = plastic soup|
|potential turtle food?|
Latex balloons are particularly favoured by turtles. Though the latex is biodegradeable it takes so long for it to decompose that it can do a great deal of damage through ingestion, and the ribbon is an entanglement hazard.
The fine weather encouraged a lot of folk on to the beaches this weekend and it was brilliant to see other people picking up plenty of pieces!