Beatrix Potter the naturalist and farmer

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.

[Edit] Here’s a blog post about her.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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4 Responses to Beatrix Potter the naturalist and farmer

  1. bonny says:

    Hi Sam,
    I’ve had a look through some of your posts and found them really interesting – especially the ones about GM crops and bees being affected by pesticides. It was great to meet you and I look forward to reading more of your stuff 🙂


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