Frequently Asked Questions
Please prior to contacting me please look carefully through all the commonly asked questions. I get a lot of queries/calls that can be answered by reading through the FAQs.
If you still can't find what you are looking for then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you do pet taxidermy?
I only do pet taxidermy on birds, sorry for any inconvenience.
Is taxidermy legal?
Yes, I am compliant with the rules and regulations of DEFRA and Natural England.
I am a fully licensed taxidermist and a member of the Guild of Taxidermist UK.
I hold the required licenses to work on UK birds of prey, protected wildlife such as native bats and otters that are strictly preserved for educational purposes.
All my specimens are legally sourced and acquired legally. I keep a log of all my specimens, where they were found, sex, how the specimen died and a unique log number which can be tracked. All the birds of prey I preserve I individually microchip them for traceability.
I have found a dead bird/mammal/reptile, how do I keep it?
It will need to be put in either a plastic bag, cloth or cling-filmed and put straight in the freezer to keep it preserved.
I will only consider specimens if they are in good condition, fresh and legally obtained.
Please write a note with the specimen saying how it was acquired, location of death, how it died (if known) and keep it with the specimen at all times.
Where did you learn taxidermy?
I first undertook taxidermy in March 2014 and was taught by professional Taxidermist David Keningale. Who specialises in small birds and mammals. I also learnt how to do case work and dioramas.
I am a qualified taxidermist; however, I am always keen to learn from other professional taxidermists.
I recently went on a course in October 2017 with Carl Church to learn more about bird taxidermy.
The learning process never ends in taxidermy and I'm always learning something new about the subject.
I want something "taxidermied" but I don't have any specimens.
I do have plenty of stock available in my taxidermy freezers, however it is all subject to change as no specimen is exactly the same. If you would like to know what frozen specimens I have available, please email me.
What type of taxidermy do you do?
I have now specialised in small to medium mammals and birds. This ranges from small mice to large foxes and badgers. In birds, they can range from small robins to large geese.
Where do you source your specimens?
I source my specimens from legitimate organisations such as:
Donations from the general public, friends and family
Donations from wildlife centres that have died due to illness or injury
Vets Who Care Veterinary Service
International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent
Specimens that have died due to pest control and reptile food for snakes/reptiles
I have found something dead and I want you to have it!
Great! It will need to be put in either a plastic bag, cloth or cling-filmed and put straight in the freezer to keep it preserved.
Do you kill/hunt for taxidermy?
Absolutely not! None of my specimens are killed for the purpose of taxidermy.
Every specimen has been legally sourced either from the RSPCA, WWT Slimbridge, Roadkill (Road Traffic Accident) or from ICBP in Newent.
Do you do restoration work?
Yes I restore cases, domes, habitat work.
Help I have a insect infestation on my mount?! What do I do?
If possible please put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer as soon as possible. There are two different types of infestation, carpet beetles infestation (dermacide beetles) or moth infestation. Then contact either your local taxidermist or email me for more information.
If it's not possible to put in the freezer, you will need to put it in a room where you are able to close the door and fumigate the room with the mount inside it. There are lots of insecticides on the market. There is a taxidermy specific spray you can buy called Rug Remedy.
However, you can go to Wilkos and buy Insectasol which also does the job. Either insect killer or moth killer and spray the mount at least 15-20cm away from it.
Another one is BugSpray.com
For prevention, you can buy moth balls and other insect repellents, spraying the mount once a month.
I have a specimen and I want it preserved.
Great, make sure it was legally acquired. Please write a note with it stating: date of death/found, location you found it, how it died (if known).
I have found a dead butterfly/dragonfly/beetle, how do I keep it?
Carefully lift the specimen and put into a tupperware or plastic container with a lid. Write a note to state date you found it, death if known.
Do you buy taxidermy already preserved/mounted?
No I do not buy taxidermy already preserved/mounted.
I want to try taxidermy, can you give me some specimens/spare bones please?
I do not have any spare specimens I can sell/give to other taxidermists or people that want to try taxidermy.
Can you value/buy my taxidermy for me please?
Sorry I do not value or buy already mounted taxidermy.
Do you need a license to be a taxidermist?
Please note: I cannot provide legal advice about taxidermy. This is general information below that you can find going onto the UK government website on the different licenses for taxidermy. Please contact DEFRA/Natural England if you need more information.
GL17 license (Wild birds: licence to sell dead wild birds (GL17)
GL20 license (Red squirrels and pine martens: licence to sell dead specimens (GL20)
GL02 license (Protected animals: licence for taxidermists to own dead animals (GL02)
A10 license (Endangered species: apply for a commercial use certificate)
What is "Vegan Taxidermy"?
Vegan taxidermy is where there is no animal or bird product in the item but may use the techniques and methods of a "taxidermied" item. Vegan taxidermy is also referred to as:
and soft sculpture.
Does your textile sculpture have animal product in it?
No! However some pieces do contain natural products such as wool and cotton. Most pieces have man-made threads and fabric and are classed as "Vegan Taxidermy". But some is classed as "Vegetarian Taxidermy" due to some having wool in the products.
The animal I would like as a textile sculpture isn't listed on your website. Can I still commission one?
Yes providing there is a photograph of the animal you would like as a sculpture and the size you want. I do all colours and most sizes. Please email for more information.
Where do you source your materials?
I source my materials from all sorts of places. I work with sustainable materials.
How much do you charge for a textile sculpture piece?
All sculptures are bespoke and each one are individual priced to reflect that. If you would like to find out more and get a quote, please do not hesistate to contact me via email: email@example.com
I want to learn about taxidemy. Do you teach it?
Currently I do not teach taxidermy right now but I am considering it in the future.
Can I buy your work online?
Yes, I have a Shop and Etsy at the moment which lists all my current work for sale.
I want to buy one of your pieces I have seen on your website, can I purchase it?
You can view my work for sale here.
I would like to place an order. Where do I start?
Please go to Make an Order/Commissions to find out more information.
Where are you based?
I am based in Gloucestershire.
Can I photograph your work?
All the photos on my website and social media are photographed by me unless stated.
Can I watch you do taxidermy/can I visit your studio/workshop?
Due to time constraints and limited resources I only do talks, exhibitions, demonstrations at specific events.
Where are your prices?
Do you do restoration work?
Yes, I take restorative work on a case by case basis.
I specialise in restoring habitats and recasing old taxidermy.
Do you have a shop/showroom?
The way I work is you make an order/commission of what you would like. I can send you examples of my work by email or you can see my portfolio on my website.
Please note: not all taxidermy is mounted by me. Please ask a member of staff if you would like to see my work in particular and they can point you in the right direction.
What type of embroidery do you do?
I do machine embroidery, which is using a sewing machine with an embroidery hoop. I use the freehand foot to creating a draw-like texture in my pieces.
What threads do you use?
I used several different types of thread, mainly use vicose rayon threads as they have a nice shiny quality to them. However, I do use cotton and polyester now and again.
Do you do other types of embroidery?
I tend to keep with machine embroidery, however I do cross-stitch and hand embroidery. My specialism however is machine embroidery.
What type of fabric do you use?
I use a plethora of different materials. However I tend to use more natural materials such as white linen and/or cotton.