Taxidermy Training

Why specialist training?

Little formal training in natural history preservation exists currently, with the disappearance of museum apprenticeships. A handful of professional practitioners are the main source of help available for the increasing number of individuals wishing to learn.

Why learn with Wild Art?

All the training provided is one-to-one – taxidermy trainees need to grasp a wide range of skills in a short time, and one on one allows for detailed, concentrated tuition, tailor-made to students’ needs.

What kind of training is available?

  • 3 day beginners in basic bird taxidermy – includes an appreciation of taxidermy law, advice on taxidermy materials and supplies. Unless otherwise agreed in advance, students work with and take away a ‘trainee-friendly’ specimen;
  • 3 day specialist bird finishing – aimed at those with basic generalist skills, wishing to learn more about individual species’ modelling, including raptor preparation and finishing, owls and their methods of preparation, game and wildfowl modelling;
  • 3 day intermediate bird taxidermy, including alternative methods of preparation, flight and group modelling;
  • NB trainees may bring own specimen to all training courses, again by arrangement. All other materials provided.

When is training available?

Throughout the year, by arrangement. Contact for further details.

All training is workshop-based in a relaxed rural setting; coach and train stations are close to site, and a range of accommodation is available locally.

What do recent trainees have to say?

“I had not done any taxidermy before but wanted to give it a try. David suggested a three day introductory course for me, enough time to complete a piece of work. His instructions and demonstration of each stage of the method was very clear and comprehensive, giving me the confidence to be able to go away and have a go for myself. I am grateful for David’s patience, time and knowledge.”

Heather, Kent

“At the end of the 3 days I returned home with a beautiful Magpie, mounted, with the help and guidance of David, in a style of my choosing. David’s wealth of knowledge of birds really shines through and helped guide me in the final positioning of the bird resulting in an individual and truly lifelike specimen. In a nutshell – Wild Art Taxidermy offers one to one in-depth training in a relaxed and pleasant environment by a true master of his craft.”

Julie, South Wales

David was highly professional throughout. He was informative and helpful and took me step by step through the necessary procedures, from skinning through to cleaning and mounting. I soon found myself fascinated by the detail, having been shown through demonstration and hands-on practise how to approach and develop a subject. I arrived with an open mind but left full of insights and information gleaned from years of experience.

Colin, Bexhill-on-Sea

“Training with David was serious but fun, intensive but relaxing, and ultimately a truly educational and rewarding introduction into the world of bird taxidermy.His teaching is sympathetic yet critical (if you ask for criticism!) One to one is as far as I am concerned the only way to learn. He lets you go at your own pace and understands your way of learning. Ask David anything and he will tell you. He has a wealth of knowledge about his profession and is willing to debate and inform on many things.”

Janie, London