Holes Bay Micro Plastics Survey
In December 2019 we discovered an accumulation of nurdles on the foreshore of Holes Bay, Poole. On closer inspection, we discovered that nurdles weren’t the only plastic present in soil samples, but micro plastics, and nano plastics.
Holes Bay is a tidal inland lake which lies to the north of Poole Harbour. It is a designated harbour quiet area, nature reserve and SSSI site.
Holes Bay is home to numerous wetland bird species including avocet, black-tailed godwit, curlew, kingfisher, little egret, oyster catcher, red-breasted merganser, redshank, spoonbill, teal and widgeon. It is also where you will find the famous Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) training school, and their headquarters.
Over the coming months we will be working with landowners, Wessex Water and other relevant bodies to find a solution to the problem. We will be conducting a series of tests to gain a true understanding of the problem, and where necessary put preventative measures in place.