I'm sure you've all read Peter Rabbit, or even seen the 2007 film Miss Potter, but did you know that Beatrix Potter's first love was Mycology?
A swift google this morning lead me to some interesting sites that tell about her research into lichens and fungus, she even had a paper read by the Linnean Society.
Her interest started when she worked as a scientific illustrator and she pursued it by reading papers on mycology, often these were written by foreign researchers as mycology was not so popular in Britain at the time.
Plenty more information on her scientific work can be found here
and here is a brief overview of the masses of information that the Linnean Society has on her and her work.
Sorry about the non hyperlinks but the html just refused to work.