Wildlife that inspired Beatrix Potter’s world-famous children’s tales is thriving in author’s Lake District meadows.

Hay meadows that were among Beatrix Potter’s favourite beauty spots and provided the inspiration for some of her much-loved characters have been restored to their former glory thanks to a 25-year National Trust project.

As Britain marks National Meadows Day today, National Trust has revealed that three meadows at Hill Top Farm in the Lake District are providing a haven for wildlife, including many animals that inspired Beatrix Potter’s writing.