Resources for CAT23 course

We are asking everyone concerned about wet wipes containing plastic to respond (as an individual) to the Government Consultation. It is open until November 25th.
Here is the link.


Presentation for session 1. Click here to view the slides.

Presentation for session 2. Click here to view the slides.


Click here to find our glossary. This is a living document and will be updated regularly.

Useful booklets/leaflets

Click on the links to view or download.

From Pollution to Solution: a global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution
UN Environment Programme

Plastic & Climate: the hidden costs of a plastics planet
CIEL and many others

Breaking the Plastic Wave: a comprehensive assessment of pathways towards stopping ocean plastic pollution

Marine Litter brochure from University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute: are there solutions to this global environmental problem?

Plastics, the circular economy and Europe′s environment: a priority for action
European Environment Agency

Survey sheets and guides

Volunteer survey sheet from the Marine Conservation Society

Litter ID Guide from the Marine Conservation Society

Brand audit from the Preventing Plastic Pollution project.

ID guide to categories and polymers for the brand audit.

Nurdle Hunt survey form and ID guide from Fidra.


Many of the litter apps involve taking a photo on a smartphone and tagging with information about the rubbish you have found.

Marine Debris Tracker: long-standing app from National Geographic.

Open Litter Map: open source data – you can see what others have found around the world.

Litterati: uses the power of crowdsourced data to bud maps highlighting litter hotspots.


The Story of Plastic
From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, The Story of Plastic is a life-changing, Emmy-winning film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. Strandliners has hosted community screenings in the past. You can watch a trailer here, and you can see an animated short film here.

In this older film (2012), Jeremy Irons looks at the effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to find destinations tainted by pollution. The film focuses on waste rather than just plastic, but many of the issues raised are still pertinent today. Some viewers may find parts of the film distressing. You can watch a trailer here.      

Cornwall Climate Care Films
Cornwall’s Climate Stories is a series of documentaries highlighting the impacts of climate change already being felt across Cornwall, as well as the fantastic local businesses, researchers and community groups working hard to prepare us for the challenges coming our way. this is a great series of half-hour films, and you can find them all here.
1. Under the surface
2. Plenty more fish?
3. Living on the edge
4. Down the drain
5. Food for thought
6. Hungry for changed (just released to the public)

Water analysis

Note that some of these are older projects that have now finished, but still have some useful guides and information.

Freshwater Habitats Trust – Clean Water for Wildlife project

Imperial College London – Opal: Citizen Science for Everyone

Catchment Based Approach

Surfers Against Sewage:

Rivers Trust:

Catchment Monitoring Partnership

River Thame Conservation Trust:

Environment Agency:

Simplex Health:

The Guardian:

West Country Citizen Science Project:

Net Regs:

Sewage Spill Alerts: You can sign up for alerts from Southern Water using their Beachbuoy service here or get the Surfers Against Sewage Safer Seas and Rivers Service app from your usual app store.

Useful websites

Marine Conservation Society – beach survey resources, including survey sheets, example risk assessment etc.

Fidra – The Great Nurdle Hunt (microplastic surveys)

BreakFreeFromPlastic – partnering brand audit surveys

Preventing Plastic Pollution – surveys across river catchments