In a landscape dominated by humans it is impossible to separate wildlife and the use to which we put the land.
Since humans first arrived and settled in the mountains of Cumbria they have been altering and changing the environment within which wildlife finds its home and its food. From the first stone axes that slowly cut down the first trees, to the modern day forester cutting down acres of north American confers with machines in a day, wildlife must adapt and change along with the environment, if it is to survive and thrive.
Whilst changes throughout the millennia have been slow and steady, modern technology and machines have enabled man to alter the landscape on a scale never seen before. These changes, the Green Revolution as it is known, were particularly profound after the second world war.
Click on the four links in this section to hear how some changes in land use have affected the wildlife that surround people today and that would have surrounded us in yesteryear.