Microplastics found in every lake and river in Britain

Researchers at Bangor University and Friends of the Earth collected water from lakes, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs and lochs in England, Wales and Scotland and found all contained plastic. Microplastics are probably polluting every lake and river in Britain, scientists have warned, after the first national survey found particles in all samples. Dr Christian Dunn, of Bangor University, who led the research,… The River Tame in Greater Manchester was found to be the most polluted, with more than 1,000 particles per litre. But even the comparatively remote Loch Lomond had 2.4 particles per litre, while Ullswater in the Lake District contained 29.5 shards of microplastic in the same volume of water. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more