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Seal pup hotspots threatened by tiny plastic pellets, conservationists warn


Seal breeding grounds in the UK are littered with tiny pellets of plastic, a conservation group has warned.

Fauna & Flora International staff spent two days scouring the beaches of Norfolk where grey seals gather to give birth to their pups every year.

More than 3,000 pups were born at Blakeney National Nature Reserve over the winter, while a record 2,000 were born on the nearby beach at Horsey.

The team found pellets, known as “nurdles”, thought to pollute British waters in their billions, scattered across these protected sites.

Nurdles are small pieces of plastics that are produced and melted together to create all kinds of products. MORE

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