Were taxidermy items come from?
I am glad people do enquire as to the origin of the items used in our trade, as our world has a big problem with the destruction of our wildlife and its habitat. We all need to look after this planet if we want future generations to enjoy the diversity we are currently privileged to.
The only way a good taxidermist can work is to have a great love and respect
for the beauty of the world's creatures. Many taxidermists myself included
help were possible charities supporting wildlife.
The vast majority of the items I get in are killed by the British public (albeit indirectly but it may make you think).
The above gives you a good idea of some of the causes of death. There
are more items dying of natural causes or (killed by man as above) each day
than all the UK taxidermists in the UK could ever do. If you are concerned
about our wild life please visit my link page
The laws concerning the purchase or possession of natural history specimens can be a little confusing. Should you come across a protected dead wild creature (this means everything except game birds shot in season and certain pest species ) and wish to have it preserved, you must consider how the subject met its death.
Once you are satisfied that the cause of death was not illegal, make a note
of all circumstances surrounding the death then contact your taxidermist.
If you are unable to ascertain the cause, the information you do have can
help your taxidermist to decide if your specimen can be mounted.
The taxidermist must have this information to hand if it is requested by an authorized person.
I hold stocks of both frozen and ready mounted specimens and must be able to provide full information for each specimen. It would be unwise to purchase modern taxidermy that has no label or marker referring to the taxidermist and there record number. If you purchase an unmarked specimen you will have no way of proving that it was acquired legally.Certain British species are protected because of their rarity and these must have a permit to be sold. Endangered foreign species are covered by C.I.T.E. and also need permits, because the status of any specimen and legislation can change in the future, it is wise to keep a record of any in your possession.
In the UK any Taxidermist wishing to sell a protected item must be registered
with the Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) and obtain
a licence to sell any item falling into the current perimeters of the law
for that specimen.
Below is a sample of my log sheet this has been shown to the RSPB and the DETR and met with there approval as a standard Guidance log sheet .
Any person bringing me an item will need to complete a log sheet as below:
NOTE NEW LOG SHEET FOR 2004 Taxidermists you can download for free and amend to suit. Download log 2004 in word format
(PC right click save as)
If you are wanting to take an
item out of the UK you must check with your
equivalent to the Department of the environment that you can import the item.
Typically they will want to see a copy of any licence and it is a very
straight forward process an export licence may
be needed at this end but I can sort that out.
For More information on taxidermy
and the Law import export see the
The DETR Rm8/22 Tollgate House Bristol BS2 9DJ. UK