Scott grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and started getting seriously interested in wildlife in his early teens soon becaming heavily involved in environmental projects including the preservation of the Mullum Mullum Linear Park. He was co founder of the Yarran Dheran Junior Field Naturalists Club for which he ran workshops and led guided walks. He has been involved in a number of bush rehabilitation projects and worked a consultant on a number of projects around Melbourne. He is currently chair of the Victorian Ornithological Records Appraisal Committee and moderator on Birdline Victoria.
Scott travels extensively around Australia visiting the major (and not so well known) birding spots regularly. He has also managed a lot of overseas birding particularly in India and Japan but also other areas of S.E Asia and Europe. While he is keen on mammals, reptiles and frogs and really enjoys spotlighting his passion is birds and he particularly loves pelagic and shore birds and the more cryptic bush birds.