Straddled across the footpath are some of the 25 bullocks, introduced here earlier this month. The fence posts define an area of the limestone grassland where Natural England hope to promote flora and invertebrates. 'Compartments' that's what the scheme was called.
And in making access more difficult, in discouraging walkers, runners and dog walkers I think the balance between conservation and our enjoyment of the countryside has been lost.
Since 2012 I've been doing all I can to Save the Skylark on Scout Scar. Skylark, cuckoo, meadow pipit, linnet and redpoll all breed here. Many of these species are in decline but there has been little effort to Save the Skylark . I cannot get behind a project to encourage flowers which are not in evidence when I can hear and see the skylark, as I love to do at the coming of spring. The skylark is on the cusp, could so easily be lost to Scout Scar.
To those reading this sequence of blogs what I'm trying to do is to be as clear as possible about this issue. And in spending time talking to people who love Scout Scar and who walk this way my understanding of how they value this place, how they use it, is becoming clearer too.