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Philippa Scott 

Philippa Scott

Philippa Scott first became involved in wildlife filmmaking after marrying Peter Scott, naturalist and founder of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).  Brought up in South Africa, Philippa moved to England after the death of her father, where she worked for the Women's Land Army during World War II and then the Foreign Office in Belgrade.  The Severn Wildfowl Trust was inaugurated at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire in 1947 and the following year Philippa was employed by Peter Scott as his assistant in London.  A country girl at heart, Philippa accompanied Peter when he moved the Trust office to Slimbridge.

After her marriage to Peter in 1951, Philippa would often accompany her husband on his expeditions, due to a shared passion for travel and Peter's dislike of travelling anywhere without his closest companion.  These trips included the Galapagos, the setting for the BBC's Faraway Look programmes, with cameramen Charles Lagus and Tony Soper, where the couple authored the books Faraway Look I and II to accompany the series.

In all, Philippa Scott accompanied her husband on some 26 expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic and has written numerous books about her travels with her famous husband.

Philippa Scott was honorary director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and was actively involved in promoting conservation for the Antarctic.

Lady Scott died in January 2010

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Philippa Scott at Slimbridge, watching over lake
Philippa Scott at Slimbridge, watching over...