Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) is loved all over the world for the children’s stories she wrote and illustrated. She was also a great naturalist and farmer.
Miss Potter’s writing and painting made her wealthy by the time she married William Heelis at age 39. She stopped producing ‘little books for children’ and became one of the founders of the National Parks movement. She helped to save the Herdwick sheep from extinction.
The Linnaean Society held an exhibition about Miss Potter’s mycological work last year. Quite right. She left hill farms and rare sheep, science about fungi and lichens, and books which continue to inspire children. I’m not the only person whose love of nature grew while I was read the Tale of Peter Rabbit.