New research shows an increase in microplastic pollution in the second largest lake in Cumbria.
Ullswater is one of 10 sites across the country highlighted by the study undertaken by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth
Using a fluorescence lighting system, researchers were able to identify and count microplastic pollutants which were less than 5 mm in size.
Plastic fragments, fibres and film were some of the pollutants found in the water.
Now further work to identify whether microplastics pose any danger to our health and the planet's ecosystems is underway.
- The list of the 10 sites tested :
- River Thames, London (84.1)
- Chester reedbed (7.6)
- Ullswater, Lake District (29.5)
- River Irwell, Salford, Greater Manchester (84.8)
- River Tame, Tameside, Greater Manchester (>1,000)
- River Blackwater, Essex (15.1)
- Falls of Dochart, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (3.3)
- Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (2.4)
- Afon Cegin - river; North Wales (76.9)
- Llyn Cefni - reservoir; Anglesey, Wales (43.2 )