Please have a look through the Frequently asked Taxidermy Questions below, I you do not find the answer please contact Mike Gadd Taxidermist.
One other thing to bear in mind is that you may need a Licence to sell the item. check with DEFRA now Animal Health.
Licencing depends on the item and you should get in contact with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at Rm 8/22 Tollgate House Bristol BS2 9DJ. They are the governing body for Taxidermy in the UK.
I am a Master in Bird Taxidermy and Specialist in Birds, Mammals, Game Heads taxidermist and have advanced qualifications in Birds and Mammals. Like purchasing an oil painting, you would go to an artist whose work you liked and you can afford. Items can also be sent around the country and abroad.
If you are just looking for a taxidermist near to you and you and quality is not important, try your local Yellow Pages.
When choosing a taxidermist, they should be a member of the Guild of Taxidermists which is the only recognised body representing taxidermists in the UK. Please have a look at Choosing a Taxidermist which will have further useful information.
I would then suggest becoming a member of the Guild of Taxidermists where you will meet fellow taxidermists and be able to attend lectures on taxidermy although the more complex demonstrations of some advanced areas of taxidermy provided by the Guild will make more a lot more sense after having attended one of my or another good course.
At the moment, I have a small mammal taxidermy training book - Beginner Taxidermy Training Book. I am working on a bird taxidermy training book.
If an item is too large, it would need to be skinned by a taxidermist. It can then be frozen.
Taxidermists in the UK usually mainly do wild UK animals and the usual cause of death of these are killed by the general public eg road traffic accidents, flying into windows, power lines, pollution, cats etc..
Please only contact me if you appreciate the fact that pet taxidermy is a minuscule part of the trade. You can also find more information on the art of taxidermy at the Guild of Taxidermists' website.
Insect attack: I believe current museum policy is to freeze the item below 22C or lower for approximately 2 weeks, remove the item from the freezer and keep it in a sealed bag for a week, then re-freeze for a further week. This ensures that any eggs that hatch due to a mock spring are killed.
Cleaning: This can be done by gently knocking off dust or using a blower on mammals. A damp cloth can also be used to clean more stubborn stains. You will need to take the item to a taxidermist if this fails or you feel this is beyond this stage.
Please Phone or email:
Please let me know if you are not in the UK as this can influence whether an item can be exported.
Tel: +44 (0)1937 844580
My email is: mike@SPAMMtaxidermy.co.uk (take the word "spamm" out of the email address)