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.
The petition is gathering momentum. It's a discussion- not simply signatures. People who love this place are giving their personal response to the presence of bullocks on the Race Course. There are some who will not come here again, will not bring children here, will not come alone. 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.