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

Latest News

Analysing Data Samples

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We have been busy collecting microplastics samples since lockdown restrictions have been eased. This is how we go about analysing them. Collecting samples from the beach is really important if…

Big Data Collection at West Wittering

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Covid-19 and the lockdown has stopped us collecting data for some time. However, now restrictions have eased it was time to get back to West Wittering Beach before the crowds…

Eco Koh Tao getting to grips with microplastics

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We are delighted to announce that Eco Koh Tao have joined the Big Microplastic Survey project and are busy collecting data from the coastline of this beautiful island. Eco Koh…