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Lord Buxton of Alsa - the late Aubrey Buxton

Obituary: To anyone in the British television industry, the name Aubrey Buxton – latterly Lord Buxton of Alsa – will always be synonymous with Survival, the most influential natural history programme series of its day, which he created and produced. And to anyone with a historical knowledge of the environment, he is renowned as one of the founder-trustees of WWF, the environmental charity. Along with his friend Peter Scott and a handful of other luminaries including David Attenborough, it was he who helped create WWF back in 1961.


Over the years, Lord Buxton was involved not only with WWF, but also with organisations such as the Natural History Museum, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the London Zoological Society. For his work in natural history, he was awarded the silver medal of the Royal Zoological Society, and both the silver and gold medals of the Royal Television Society.


Last year, a few days before his 90th birthday, I spent several hours with him at his home in Norfolk, where I took this photograph. I'm sad to say that he died on 1 September this year - but he had enjoyed a long and distinguished life.


Aubrey Leland Oakes Buxton (Baron Buxton of Alsa).

Born 15 July 1918. Died 1 September 2009.

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Taken on July 1, 2008