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Fidra is a charity based in East Lothian, Scotland. We seek to find ways to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use this to contribute to wider dialogue at national and international levels.

Once concerns have been identified, we use scientific evidence and research best practice to establish how best to influence positive environmental change.

Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no.SC043895

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Our Projects

Nurdle hunt

The Great Nurdle Hunt is Fidra’s first project. It aims to end further industrial plastic pellet or ‘nurdle’ pollution into Scottish seas.

Nurdle Hunt

Cotton buds

Despite having been recognised as a problem for at least 20 years, plastic cotton buds are a continuing pollution issue. These small plastic stems are consistently in the top ten items found on beaches in the UK and globally.

Cotton Buds

Plastic Polution

The Fidra Trustees have supported a novel programme of work at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) since 2012, which recognises the potential impact of microplastic pollution on marine biodiversity.


Best Fishes

Did you know Scottish salmon is raised on farms in the western highlands and islands? Fidra is developing an information portal to bring together pertinent facts about this increasingly popular food, where it comes from and how it’s farmed.

Best Fishes


PFASs are synthetic chemicals of major environmental concern, used in a wide range of products including ‘stain-resistant’ finishes on textiles like school uniforms, they are now found across the remotest regions of the globe.


Did you know that synthetic turf pitches can be a source of microplastic pollution? Fidra is promoting simple best practice measures to reduce loss of rubber crumb into the environment, with actions for pitch designers, owners and users.

Artificial pitches

Food Packaging Project

Much of our takeaway food and drink packaging can have devastating implications on our natural environments. They are difficult to recycle due to their mix of materials or contamination and do not naturally breakdown.

Food Packaging

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