Philippa Scott

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Philippa Scott
Felicity Philippa Talbot-Ponsonby

(1918-11-22)22 November 1918
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Died5 January 2010(2010-01-05) (aged 91)
Known forBletchley Park
Director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
(m. 1951; died 1989)

Felicity Philippa, Lady Scott (née Talbot-Ponsonby;[1] 22 November 1918 – 5 January 2010) was a British wildlife conservationist.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Scott later moved to England, and worked in the code school at Bletchley Park during World War II.[2] She married Sir Peter Scott, naturalist and founder of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), in Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1951 after an expedition to ring pink-footed geese.[3] She died, aged 91, in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.[4]


Scott was Honorary Director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, founded in 1948 by Sir Peter. She had a keen interest in nature and the environment and wrote numerous books about her travels from the Arctic to the Antarctic.[5]

Scott was also professional wildlife photographer, President of the Nature in Art Trust,[6] scuba diver [7] and an associate of the Royal Photographic Society.


  • The Art of Peter Scott (completely revised in 2008)
  • Lucky Me (autobiographical)
  • So Many Sunlit Hours (autobiographical)


Scotts' wrasse, Cirrhilabrus scottorum was named after Scott and her husband for their “great contribution in nature conservation".[8]


  • "The Scott partnership put conservation on the map, at a time when conservation was not a word that most people understood." - Sir David Attenborough[9]

Portrait of Philippa Scott[edit]

Scott agreed to sit for a portrait head in clay by Jon Edgar at her home in Slimbridge in February 2007 as part of the sculptor's environmental series[10] of heads. A bronze was unveiled at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust visitor centre on 6 December 2011.


  1. ^ The
  2. ^ "Lady Scott". WWF. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Wildlife conservation champion Philippa Scott dies". BBC News. BBC. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Lady Scott: conservationist and photographer". The Times. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Philippa Scott". WildFilmHistory. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Nature in Art - Trust". Nature in Art Trust. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Lady Scott 1918 - 2010 - Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Order LABRIFORMES: Family LABRIDAE (A-h)". 16 June 2020.
  9. ^ Quote on the BBC News website
  10. ^ authors, various (2008). Responses - Carvings and Claywork - Jon Edgar Sculpture 2003-2008. UK: Hesworth Press. ISBN 978-0-9558675-0-7.

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