Mammal taxidermy

A selection of taxidermy mounts featuring British mammals

My taxidermy practice is primarily focused on birds, as they are my favourite subject and most enjoyable to work with. However, mammal taxidermy is not out of my scope.

The preparation process of mammals is rather different from birds, in that the skin is a lot thicker, more robust and therefor has to be exposed to more rigorous regimens to cure the skin.

Once the hide is removed from the body of the animal, it is then meticulously cleared of fat and muscle residue, salted, pickled and then tanned; ready to be mounted on to the mannequin. This process can take anywhere between 72hrs and 2 weeks, depending on the species.

For this reason, I find mammals more laborious to work with, but I still very much enjoy breathing new life in to small mammals.

Exotic Species

Exotic Species

Examples of taxidermy specimens including exotic species like parrots, turacos and peafowl.

Aquatic Bird Taxidermy

Aquatic birds

Examples of taxidermy ducks, geese, waders and other aquatic birds.

Aquatic life gives me the opportunity to play with water habitat, which is an aspect I love about working with specimens in this category.

The high fat content of waterfowl, like ducks and geese, makes them one of the hardest birds to clean in the taxidermy industry and require a lot of thorough preparation work.

British Passerine Taxidermy

British passerine Taxidermy

A selection of Taxidermy song bird species from the British Isles

The word ‘Passerine’ means ‘sparrow like‘ an refers to the large group of birds that typically have four toes; three pointing forward and one backward, giving them the ability to perch.

In this taxidermy portfolio, you will see examples of some of our most familiar species and garden visitors, including Blackbird, Wren, Goldfinch, Robin, and some hedgerow specialities like Yellowhammer.

I adore working with more familiar, native species, as I have spent a lifetime studying them. Their ubiquity allows me to really understand their ecology, behaviour and characteristics, making it much easier to identify mistakes whilst working with them.


Taxidermy Birds of Prey

Taxidermy Birds of Prey

Examples of my taxidermy work, ranging from hawks, owls and falcons.

I find birds of prey one of the most challenging taxidermy subjects to work with, but the most enjoyable.

Their anatomy is slightly different to that of garden birds and requires more dedication to achieving accuracy on their facial features. My favourite part of working with birds of prey, is giving them that characteristic ‘scowl’ that would strike fear in to the heart of any rodent.

For the purpose of legalities – all birds pictured here are not for sale an are displayed as examples of my taxidermy work.

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