Plastic pollution and microplastics in particular are a significant threat to marine ecosystems and human health.

The Big Microplastic Survey is a global project that will use citizen science to gather essential data about microplastics and mesoplastic in rivers, lakes and coastal regions

Get involved!  The project is open to anyone, whether you are an organisation, academic institution, or a concerned individual.  If you have access to a beach, riverbank, lakeside, or coastline you can get involved.

What's involved

“The whole of the eco systems of the world are based on the healthy ocean and if that part of the planet becomes dysfunctional and goes wrong, then the whole of life on this planet will suffer”

Sir David Attenborough

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Microplastic Problems in Sian Ka’an – Mexico

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Sian Ka'an in the Mexican Caribbean is the largest protected area in the region.  It was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and is home to a wide range…
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More about Microplastics and Coastal Sediments

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Loads of great stuff coming into the Big Microplastic Survey project at the moment from all over the world, but we just wanted to highlight a bit more local research…

Working with the Environment Agency

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We were really delighted to be working with the Environment Agency recently.  The EA registered for the Big Microplastic Survey and then set about planning to survey a LOT of…