Microplastics are probably polluting every lake and river in Britain, scientists have warned, after the first national survey found particles in all samples.
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.
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.
Dr Christian Dunn, of Bangor University, who led the research,…