Hi all–just checking out the forums for the first time. As an American that has visited Wales a few times, I find it very pretty, but never wild like parts of the U.S. or Canada. This makes me wonder when Britain lost its wild nature. I think I heard somewhere that deforestation at one point led to growth of bracken, that in turn altered the soil such that trees will not grow back in some places. Does anyone know about this and when this occurred? When I envision Anglo-Saxon times, should I envision vast forests with bear, lynx, and wolves? Or would the landscape and fauna be closer what one sees today? Thanks. I love these podcasts by the way!