Practice taxidermy as a hobby
This is for anybody practicing taxidermy purely as a hobby and for their own enjoyment.
As a hobbyist you are still likely to handle protected species - therefore you MUST if asked, be able to prove you acquired them legally. You are required by law to record all acquisitions of protected species as to the date you found or acquired them, who found them, where you found them, and how they died. It is best practice to log all specimens in a book with the details so that they are at hand should anybody ask. This necessitates placing a numbered tag (this should correspond with the number in your log book) on the specimen so that you can distinguish between two or more specimens of the same species. This "tag" should stay with the specimen at all times - even when mounted.
It is important that you are not selling or displaying any specimen that might make a commercial gain. You may however charge a client for preserving his or her specimen (one that they have legally found themselves or bred) - this is known as a commission and under current DEFRA policy is not subject to licensing. This is due to the fact that ownership of the specimen does not change hands, therefore the item has not been sold.
If you wish to make a gift of one or more of your specimens, mounted or as a carcase, that is fine and no licence will be required as long as you do not make a commercial gain - remember, you MUST give the "proof of legality" (the details of acquisition) with the specimen.*
Providing you stay a hobbyist - that is all you are required to do by law.
Once, however you start selling taxidermy items or displaying specimens to attract business, you will become a known trader- and this may require you to licence all species listed on Annex "A" of EC Regs 338/97 (updated EC 1320-2014). *
* see under "Taxidermists" in this section
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