Bird Taxidermy Prices - these are for having an item mounted provided by yourself. Items from my stock can be a lot more. Please add 20% for birds in a flying pose. Prices include finishing on a wooden base, but casing and complex groundwork will be more.
Small Bird, £250
Blackbird Sized Bird, £300
Jay Magpie, £350
"Woodcock, Snipe, Partridge, Grouse", £360
"Kestrel, Sparrowhawk Tawny"/Barn Owl, £375
Peregrine Falcon, £750
Eagle (Golden), from £1200
Birds in total flight approximately 20% extra
Casing and complex ground work is extra.
If you are looking for a bird from stock or the bird is not mentioned, please contact. Items from stock will cost more.
Any bird must have met with a legitimate death and have a signed letter stating such, if you are unsure of how it died please contact.
Birds Storage Info
The bird should be wrapped in polyethylene and frozen. I have successfully mounted a bird after having been frozen for more than 20 years but obviously it is far better to have it done within a year or so. Just keep it well wrapped and do not forget to keep a record of how, where and when it died.
I can model the bird in any pose and fit in a variety of cases. Have a look around my site to find a case or pose you like. (It is not essential to case an item but it will keep much better in the long term.)
Sending your item - transportation within the UK can either be by post for smaller birds (this must be first class post - inquire at your local post office FOR NEXT DAY DELIVERY) or courier dependent on size. Please also ring me to make sure someone is here to accept the item 01937 844580.
Packing - please pack in a box to stop the item being crushed and if large, make sure that no fluid can leak from the item otherwise it could be destroyed on route (use a suitable amount of tissue/newspaper then polyethylene).
When sending an item you wish to have done, please fill in Job Sheet (word) - Job Sheet (PDF)
If sending a stock item (ie you don't want it to be mounted for yourself and donating it to me), please fill in Log Sheet-(Word) - Log-Sheet (PDF) (to save right click and choose "save as").
I no longer do Fish Taxidermy and you will need to use another taxidermist remember to check the quality of the Taxidermist's work prior to commissioning a project.
Ask to see photos or the physical item check they are doing the work or if farming the work out the same person will be working on your item.
Prior to taking your fish to a Taxidermist Keep it frozen taking great care of the fins ideally protecting them with cardboard covered in polythene. Do not gut the fish.
I am sure you have seen poor taxidermy! So look at their work prior to commissioning a taxidermist; do not just focus on their taxidermy price.
I no longer do Pet Taxidermy. In short, "Get it done right or not at all"
Your Pet can be kept deep frozen for years, so no rush!
Unfortunately, I do not now do pets but the following will help If you have a pet and would like it to be modeled:
To make sure you are happy with the idea of having your pet modeled, please keep it in the freezer for at least a month as you may well think differently after that time.
Taxidermy will not bring your lost animal back to life. It will at best be a representation of your pet.
You should consider the alternatives such as simply burying your animal, keeping a photograph or commissioning a portrait.
Taxidermy is an art If you decide to go ahead with modeling your animal, choose a taxidermist by the quality of their work, not their price or location. If they are too expensive or you do not like their location, DO NOT HAVE THE ITEM DONE. You should expect to pay approximately twice the cost of a wild species.
As of 2000 there are about 3,000 taxidermists in the UK of which there are 14 Bird Specialists, 6 Mammal Specialists, and 4 Fish Specialists. A taxidermist with this qualification has the MINIMUM standard you should accept Specialists. They must be able to show you work of a good standard. Make sure the person you speak to is going to do the work and if not, make sure you are happy with the person they are sending it to some dealers just send the item to the cheapest trade person they can find.
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