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Course Skill Level All Active Course Dates.. Period Price Places Available (4 Max)
Mammal Beginner

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February 2014

3 Days £550 FULL
Mammal/Bird Beginner

No dates until at least May 2014 which is likely to be arranged as and when we have 4 persons committed to coming on a course. If you have a serious interest, please complete the application form and full details will be provided. Deposits will be refundable until dates are confirmed.



This page is is updated regularly, so please check this page for cancellations and available places.


Taxidermy Small Mammal Training Book

If you do purchase or have purchased the small mammal book, £50 will be knocked off the mammal course if you choose to attend later.


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Three Day Beginner Taxidermy Course including your mounted item.

Mike has taught a good number of successful taxidermists and does a few taxidermy training courses each year.

Mike is well known as a competition judge and for his ability as a taxidermist and sculptor. As you will see from this web site, Mike has a wealth of knowledge to offer that will be of tremendous benefit.

Selection of Photos from the Beginners Courses
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Students making mannequins and anatomy lessons Worried students with beraggled jays ! Final assembly details  
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Absolute beginners to having produced a very respectable first bird/mammal -  Well Done !

Bird or Small Mammal beginner Taxidermy 3 Day Weekend Course 

Three Day BEGINNER Course priced as above including your mounted item on a base, log book sheet, taxidermy suppliers' names and addresses.

There are considerable differences between bird and mammal, hence the two beginner courses, but the core principles are similar. Quite a few people have either started on the bird and been back to do the mammal or started on the mammal and been back to do the bird and they have all found that even the similar sections helped to reiterate what they had learnt.

Three Day Beginner Course Structure

Accommodation can be arranged in the village within walking distance to studio

Also included suppliers names and addresses chemicals needed information on law and keeping your log book.

Three Day Course including your mounted item on a base, log book sheet, taxidermy suppliers' names and addresses.

Application form

Please feel free to ring and ask any questions about the Courses
Mike Gadd at Hollydean Cottage, Padmans Lane, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire LS23 6BR, UK 
Tel 01937 844580

Comments from past students:

"I wish to thank you for a great experience of knowledge that has come my way through attending your taxidermy course; invaluable information that will lay the foundation for me in the future. I really had a wonderful time with you and the class and this was only made possible by you. You are a great teacher and I was privileged to be there."
C. Hackett

"I had a wonderful time on Mike's course. I arrived to research a book, and left a complete convert. It's a fascinating process, and I can't imagine a better guide to it than Mike. For weeks after, all I could think about was how you get stuffed stuff stuffed."
Sam Leith - his book, Dead Pets (ISBN 1 84195 648 1), has an interesting chapter on what you might expect from the course.

Application form

Intermediate to Advanced Bird Course (NEW)

Designed for those who have completed the beginner Bird Taxidermy course (or are struggling to advance their work)

Quite a few students are now at the stage of being able to get to grips with the assembly and produce an item but need to move the quality of their work forward.

The (Two Days) Weekend Course Outline is:

If this sounds of interest, please fill in the form and I will contact you regarding dates and pricing.




The Lodge 126a High Street Boston Spa LS23 6BW
Tel: 01937 844976 Mob: 07802 636900
The Lodge B&B Boston Spa
Entrance to the B&B is on the start of Padmans Lane, so its only a 100 yard walk to the studio. Please mention my name and that you're coming on the course when booking.

Four Gables Bed & Breakfast Oaks Lane Boston Spa LS23 6DS
Tel 01937 845592;
5 mins walk from village centre and the studio.

WETHERBY (3 miles from Boston Spa)

Ramada Jarvis Leeds Road Wetherby LS22 5HE
Tel 01937 583881;

Swan & Talbot 34 North Street Wetherby LS22 6NN
Tel 01937 582040;

Swan Guest House 38 North Street Wetherby LS22 6NN
Tel 01937 582381

DAYS INN WETHERBY Junction 46, A1 M Kirk Deighton Wetherby LS22 5GT
Tel 01937 7547557;
Motorway services

Maustin Caravan Park Kearby Nr Wetherby LS22 4DA
Tel 0113 2886234;
Caravan and camp site

TADCASTER (4 miles from Boston Spa)

The Calcaria 2 Westgate Tadcaster LS24 9JB; tel 01937 835695

Oakleigh Guest House 28 Wetherby Road Tadcaster LS24 9JN; tel 01937 833344

Shann House Hotel 47 Kirkgate Tadcaster LS24 9AQ; tel 01937 833931

WIGHILL MANOR CARAVAN SITE Manor House Farm Wighill Tadcaster North Yorkshire LS24 8BT
Tel 01937 833688;
Caravans only

WHIXLEY (7 miles from Boston Spa)

WHIXLEY LODGE FARM Whixley Lodge Clockhill Field Lane YO26 8EE
Tel: 07719 830020 / 07783 796892
Camp site


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