Taxidermy Training

Free Taxidermy Training

After running Beginner taxidermy training courses for over 15 years. I am now offering free courses to students.

Just send me an Email or give me a ring.

mike @ Taxidermy . co . uk - phone: 01937 844580

How does this work?

If you are capable of skinning and assembling a bird or small mammal by yourself, you can send me a photos of your work, don't worry I do not expect perfection i expect you to be above absolute beginner only.

You will work on items in my studio and possible free accommodation if needed.

In brief I get some help and you get some training and experience.


Taxidermy Beginner Training 3 Day Training Course Structure

  • UK bird taxidermy training
    Mike Gadd with Student

    Beginner Taxidermy Training Course for those without any or with little experience

  • High quality training in my village studio in Boston Spa West Yorkshire
  • Items used will be jay or jackdaw for birds and grey squirrels for mammals as these give the best learning curve for beginners
  • Taxidermy & the Law learn all you need to know (inc log sheets and forms)
  • Anatomy lesson clear learning through practical model building and step by step explanations
  • Use of measurements learn how to control all the most common mistakes
  • Skinning, Degreasing you will be shown all the necessary short cuts stage by stage
  • Washing & Drying learn my techniques over 20 years of perfecting
  • Making a Mannequin traditional bind up method is used (the most flexible) modern carving casting methods shown
  • Assembly stage by stage assembly giving the greatest control and simplicity and a procedure to help produce good results across all animals
  • Most important of all Modeling this most complex area covered in great detail
  • Max 4 people with similar stage of achievement to make sure you get full attention and help
  • What do you need to bring? all materials provided so that all you need to bring if you wish is is a note book, camera (but no sound or video recorder) and log or any other thing you would like your item to be mounted on
  • You take home your finished piece
  • Refreshments provided including light lunch for each day of the course
  • Start 9.00 am to 4.30-5pm flexible to how we are doing
  • Finishing techniques including decoration of bases

Interested? Pay just 50% now to book a place refundable prior to date agreed.

You can book a place on a course by just paying 50% now and the remaining 50% to be paid when attending the course.
Mike with a student working on a Jay
Students Creating a Taxidermy Bird Body (manakin)
Students with their first Squirrel
Mike's Beginner Taxidermy Book

bird taxidermy training cause manikins

happy Mammal Taxidermy Training course students

Taxidermy Training Book Small Mammal

Taxidermy Training Book included on Mammal Course

If you choose the mammal course, a copy of my Beginner Book on Small Mammal Taxidermy is included (you will get £50 refunded if you have already purchased this book). I am also working on a beginner book on Bird Taxidermy and a more advanced book.  This will be included with the bird course when completed and offered at a discount to past students.

If you have the book you get a discount 🙂