With the arrival of spring comes the unwelcome prospect of hare-coursing on the flat open fields of South Cambridgeshire, especially around Thriplow and Newton (and close to the M11 for a convenient getaway when the Old Bill arrive). There are other threats too: flytipping on a newly drilled field, regardless of the rye, linseed or other crop that's just gone in) and unlawful trespass by cars and caravans, although the latter tend to prefer a village spot with amenities rather than a cold field under a bleak March sky).
Farmers and landowners take what measures they can - blocking field entrances and even digging trenches. The police are taking these rural issues more seriously than in the past, in part because of the criminality associated with illegal hare-coursing. Even though South Cambridgeshire is prosperous and has a booming knowledge based economy, the backdrop of green fields and rural roads that makes it so attractive a place to live also needs care and protection, as do our farmers.