BIRD TAXIDERMY AT TAXIDERMYUK.NET
We accept bird commissions from provable legal sources. Bird commissions come from members of the public, who find them as rd casualties, or window strikes at home. We also receive commissions from specialist bird keepers and Game shooters, for birds such as pheasants, grouse and wildfowl. Bird mounts can be presented in a range of options, from a simple base to substantial glass cases, with a natural habitat diorama installation.
If you are interested in having a bird modelled and mounted please read our BIRDS POLICY, to ensure you are clear on the law in this area.
BIRDS POLICY AND INFORMATION.
CAPTIVE BRED RAPTORS AND AVIARY BRED BIRDS.
We may require documentary proof that the bird is legally acquired and possessed, such as the Article 10 or a breeders letter. Keep any rings on the bird. Never cut them off, unless you intend to destroy the carcass directly and return them to the issuing authority.
WILD BIRDS AND TAXIDERMY, INCLUDING BIRDS OF PREY (RAPTORS)
All wild birds are protected to some degree, it is not just raptors (birds of prey). We must be satisfied that the bird has not died in suspicious circumstances. (Was not illegally killed or procured). If it has, we will invariably know by examining it.
If we suspect it has been illegally killed, we reserve the right to pass it, and any information, to the relevant authority. If the bird has any identification tags, keep them on the bird, never cut them off, unless you intend to destroy the carcass directly and return them to the issuing authority. They are part of its legal provenance removal may compromise its legal provenance.
If you do bring a bird, we ask you to bring a signed, dated and addressed letter or note, stating the following
- When you found the carcass, (date and time)
- Where you found the carcass (location name and or address if applicable)
- The cause of death (if you know it).
SELLING BIRDS AND BIRDS OF PREY.Read More
If you intend to sell the bird, display publicly, or use it in any way for the purpose of commercial gain/profit, hire, barter, sale or display, then you may require an article 10 certificate for the bird. Note: “intention to profit” is the reason for the A10. Never try to sell one, mounted or dead, without one. To sell, hold for sale, offer for sale or barter (swap) a bird of prey requires an Article 10 certificate, which must be applied for via the government website portal (see below). Search article 10 applications.
You can have a bird of prey mounted without an article 10 provided:
- You found it, or previously owned it legally, and did not buy it off anyone – you therefore own it so no sale is talking place.
- You do not need an article 10 unless you are, or intend, selling it.
You may require licences to hold, handle, keep for sale or sell any animal, bird, fish, reptile or even insect. British, European and C.I.T.E.S laws and regulations are under constant review. For clarification on the laws pertaining to the handling ownership and sale of birds, we recommend strongly that you research fully the position in your individual case. For clarification of particular species status you should always ensure that you are aware of the current laws.
You may find the following site very useful TAXIDERMYLAW.
A unique and informative resource on United Kingdom taxidermy law, licensing and regulations, with sound sensible advice. The author cuts through the jargon, and gives clear and current information on wildlife law. http://www.taxidermylaw.co.uk
Licences and information:
Your first port of call is DEFRA via www.gov.uk. We recommend you search for DEFRA and Natural England on the internet for clarification. Navigating ones way around these enormously complex sites for a single piece of information can be testing even for the “tech savvy”, so be patient. The following links are correct, at the time of publication, however this government site is enormous and constantly under change and review so links may become “dead” or redirect you.
NATURAL ENGLAND https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england
Then on to the licensing people themselves