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The British Isles located in the northern hemisphere is home to a temperate climate in which a large variety of plants including deciduous tees grow Species within heathland forest and lake biomes make up the ecosystem of the countryIn the British Isles physical and human factors are changing vegetation in these ecosystems Physical factors can be things such as succession changes in climate natural disasters and diseases Human factors include cultivation development exploitation tourism and deforestationIn the past Britain was largely covered in deciduous forest About 5000 years ago humans started to cut many of the trees down so they could build their homes and use the wood as fuel for cooking and the cleared areas for growing crops The cleared land in the early Middle Ages would have been used for agriculture such as sheep grazing which would have damaged the soil and allowed heather to grow and dominate any surviving plants Many moorland areas such as the Pennines were originally thickly forested Mesolothic hunting caps that existed many years ago could have resided on the moors but there is little evidence for this If these camps existed they may have wished to use the nearby vegetation resources for firewood which is also what the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings who came to the area did These activities are significant because about 75 of Britains land is used for agricultural purposes This is a type of human activity that has influenced the future of plants that grow in the area through the introduction of species and prevention of the plants that these animals eat from growing In more modern times such as in the 20th and 21st century much land has been used for industrialization including the building of homes factories and railways The introduction of these has meant that land has had to be cleared for their construction and so many animals and plants lost their habitats Because of their habitat loss certain species of
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