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I didn’t mention it yesterday but when a Cornish farmer throws an ornithological fact into a speech it is often like former Prime Ministers claiming that they are keen supporters of football teams – unconvincing.
Yesterday we had the Kentish Plover ‘fact’ from George Eustice in an attempt to get down with the birders. He said that ‘The last breeding populations of Kentish plovers were lost in 1928.’ when Conservative, Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister, which is, of course, about as up to date as Tory politicians are with wildlife in the countryside. Mr Eustice must have dipped on the breeding of a pair at Gib Point in Lincolnshire in 1979 (Margaret Thatcher, Conservative, Prime Minister) and the pair that nested at Rye Harbour in 1956 (Anthony Eden, Conservative, Prime Minister) but in any case the species hung on as a regular UK breeding species into the early 1930s (Rmsay MacDonald, Labour, Prime Minister).[registration_form]