Philip Merricks has done a very good job, on the whole, at Elmley NNR. It looked jolly wet on the TV last night didn’t it? Let’s hope lots of Lapwings and Redshank will be nesting successfully there this spring as usual.
You have to go back as far as 28 April 1987 to find this interesting reference to Elmley in Hansard. I wonder whether that £1.6m was an accurate figure – it wasn’t denied, I see. And I wonder what it was for.
This takes us back to the time of the publication of Peter Wright’s Spycatcher – which I remember buying in Washington DC as I believe it was banned in the UK. Kinnock and Thatcher were clashing in the Commons. And it was before my kids were born. Gosh it was a long time ago – and £1.6m was worth a bit then – nearly £4m in today’s money, it seems.
I imagine that Elmley has been well and truly signed up to agri-environment schemes over the years – I certainly hope so. It would give me great pleasure to know that my taxes had contributed to the success of waders on the Merricks land.