A sandpit that’s as popular with local cats as it is with the school children of Harold has been awarded ‘blue flag’ status.
Beach scientists sifted through the 3 metre by 2 metre site, using their toes and EC-standard flip-flops.
With a clear pass for oil spills and only one sticky penguin found, the team praised the sand for its relative freshness.
“It’s a wonderful eco system, the top inch was relatively barren, but below that, we found some furry, brown ‘stink voles’ that were flourishing” said team leader Nate Grimshaw.
“At least I think they’re voles: they don’t have little noses or eyes or anything, but they do squeak if you tread on one. Or perhaps that was Nigel?”
The site has been cordoned off while the scientists try to identify the new species. “We don’t know much about them, but we’ve taken a sample from Nigel’s instep. All I can tell you at this stage, is that they taste a bit like tuna.”
“And Nigel has gone blind.”