Nurdles were in the news last week. These small plastic pellets, about the size of a lentil, are used in the plastics industry to make nearly all our plastic products. Industrial spills and mishandling can mean they end up in the sea. They create background pollution and are eaten by marine animals and seabirds. We get lots of interesting things washed up on the beach below the cottage – shells of all varieties and sizes, pieces of ceramics, sea glass, driftwood and seaweed. We even get the occasional shoe!!! Thankfully, the beach is nurdle-free.