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Born in South Africa, Philippa Scott (née Talbot-Ponsonby) worked in the code school at Bletchley Park during WWII. She married Peter Scott in 1951, having previously been his assistant for four years, and became central to his work and life.

An accomplished wildlife photographer in her own right, she accompanied Peter on many overseas expeditions.

The couple set up home in the stunning grounds of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre Scott had established at Slimbridge near the River Severn. They had three children and eight grandchildren.

Fond memories of WWF
WWF's chief executive David Nussbaum visited Lady Scott at her Slimbridge home a couple of years ago (as seen in the photo above). He recalls: I greatly enjoyed our meeting. Philippa spoke of her fond memories of WWF, and how she still maintained a keen interest in environmental issues."

In 2000, Lady Scott wrote a special millennium message for WWF:

"The three great problems affecting the environment globally remain the ones that my husband described over a decade ago - population, poverty and pollution. My hope for the 21st century is that account may be taken of these acute dangers to the natural world.

"Only through the good and continuing efforts of such organisations as WWF, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and others can we hope to succeed in bringing to the attention of the people and governments of the world the dangers that exist to our planet."

The "Scott partnership"
Sir David Attenborough was one of the special guests at Lady Scott's 90th birthday celebration in 2008, and he spoke of her contribution to the Scott legacy:

"The Scott partnership put conservation on the map at a time when conservation was not a word people understood, at least not in the natural history context.

"I believe in decades to come the name Scott will be revered even more around the world than it is today."