Chris Packham, naturalist, wildlife photographer and TV presenter, from the Foreword
"Providing an audit of the British Isles' wildlife, the author explains both the status and reasons for species' declines and increases clearly and authoritatively."
Derek Niemann, BBC Wildlife Magazine
"In this important book about an assumed once-pleasant land, biologist Norman Maclean runs his expert eye over the state of Britain's nature."
Times Higher Education
"… illuminating … very readable… should be on the shelves of anyone who cares about wildlife, especially policymakers who hold its future in their hands."
Brett Westwood, BBC Countryfile Magazine
"A Less Green and Pleasant Land covers an impressively broad sweep of topics, not only documenting the biological wealth of Britain and Ireland, but also the full range of what human actions past, present and future could mean for this heritage … Rich with personal experiences and anecdotes, the core of the book is a plea to everyone who cares about the world they live in to take note and take action."
Mark Wilson, BTO News
"Norman Maclean was editor of the mammoth, highly successful Silent Summer and this book aims to present the contents of Silent Summer in a more concise and accessible format. And it does just that, enabling a much wider audience to be reached … Maclean sets the scene well in each chapter, presenting the context to support his points and predictions. The reader is presented with digestible nuggets of information about many different issues … Readers can learn a terrific amount from this book, as case studies and summaries of a multitude of issues are presented. And, perhaps most importantly, they may be inspired to help make a difference … This book deserves a place on the shelves of all of those who really care about the countryside and are concerned for its future. But equally, and perhaps more importantly, on the shelves of those who want to learn more about our countryside and how it works."
Ajay Tegala, British Birds