This article is taken from our friend web Wildlife and Words , written by Elliot, that, according to the words of its own author, is his “personal blog, which acts as a portfolio of my writing and is an outlet for my passion for wildlife”.
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“After the last ice age, when the climate began to be more hospitable, trees from the continent traveled northwards (the trees didn’t actually move, their population did over many centuries) in the wake of the glaciers. Back in those days our little island was still a part of the continent thanks to much of the channel and north sea being dry land (maybe not exactly dry but it wasn’t sea at least), which obviously enabled trees to spread into Britain. Eventually much of this country was covered in swathes of dense woodland, interspersed with glades, lakes, rivers and bare mountain tops. Then we came in and although at first we made little impact as simple hunter-gatherers it didn’t take long for us to discover agriculture; and to do agriculture we had to settle down and make more permanent structures. The long and the short of it is that we cleared the majority of this virgin forest for crops, grazing and timber until in the middle ages it resembled much what it does today but perhaps with a few more trees. (…)”