Bridging fairytale and science … she was an amateur scientist ahead of her time. As Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Tom Kitten were becoming household names, Beatrix Potter was making groundbreaking discoveries about fungi which are only today being recognised. Smallholder

Tree of life … a new book recounts the tales that residents of an English city tell of their favourite trees. Hertfordshire Countryside

Book reviews

The Sly Company of People Who Care … a simmering portrayal of a country corrupted by gang crime and scarred by racial divide. Real Travel

The Colosseum … bloodthirsty shows and unbridled cruelty were used by Rome’s emperors to claim their rule was democratic. Real Travel

The Fetish Room … reveals the conflicting worlds of naturalist Redmond O’Hanlon. Real Travel