What we do
We organise lectures and seminars to pass on advice, demonstrate new techniques and disseminate important information with regard to current and future legislation affecting taxidermy.
Meetings provide the opportunity for members to bring along their own work and enter it for competitions, credit judging or just get the opinion of a professional on a beginner's piece of work.
From time to time, we arrange for expert taxidermists from other countries to talk at our conferences.
Meetings also give a unique opportunity in an informal atmosphere where taxidermists from all over the UK and overseas can get together,form networks, exchange information and gain valuable knowledge and expertise.Usually over a pint or two.
The Guild of Taxidermists is committed to encouraging and maintaining good practice and standards within UK taxidermy.
We produce an annual journal that is full of interesting articles, modern taxidermy techniques and space for advertising by supply companies and members alike.
The Guild of Taxidermists is always willing to answer serious
enquiries and to comment on issues which relate to
Taxidermy in the UK. If you wish to discuss any issues of
taxidermy with the Guild please first check our F.A.Q page before going to the contact us page.
LEGAL UPDATE. A reminder to everyone that the new Cites Regulations concerning the sale of CITES listed species in the UK comes into effect from 1st October 2018.
In a nut shell as of now all adverts of the sale of a CITES listed species require the listing of the birds A10 certificate number in any advertisement.
If you have applied for an A10 but not yet received it you cannot advertise the bird for sale until the A10 is In your possession.
Being part of the Guild of Taxidermists has many benefits you may not even realise you
have, some of which are:
• Legal insurance, with up to £100,000 – legal defence costs.
• Our legal team is working hard on behalf of members, consulting with
government departments and conservation bodies to ensure your interests as
taxidermists are properly represented.This is even more important with BREXIT
coming up as we need a strong voice.
• The opportunity to have your work constructively critiqued and judged.
Gain the only taxidermy qualifications available in the UK.
• Members in England can “hold” otters in their freezers.
• Use of “members only” area of Guild website, including resource library and
forums covering a wide range of subjects, where you can gain very helpful
advice and knowledge. Drop in and introduce yourself - you are sure to get a
warm welcome from like minded people!
• Receive copies of our Annual Journal “Taxidermist” which is filled with interesting
articles, conference reports, book reviews, interviews and trade advertisements.
• Members discount at Annual Conference and any other seminars, with tutorials
often presented by world class taxidermists, trade stands, historical lectures, a
large amount of the UK’s best taxidermy on show and a fantastic opportunity to network with other people in the taxidermy world.
Your Guild is run by enthusiastic, unpaid volunteers. However, increased legal and other
costs, together with inflation has resulted in revised membership fees (which have been
held low for many years).
These will be increased to £50.00 from 1st. April 2019.
AFTER 1st APRIL 2019, ONLY THOSE PAYING THE FULL AMOUNT OF £50.00
WILL BE FULL MEMBERS, WITH ALL THE BENEFITS OF LEGAL INSURANCE,
ANY LESSER AMOUNTS PAID WILL BE CONSIDERED A DONATION TO THE GUILD