I responsibly and legally source all my specimens, with slightly different sources for vertebrates and invertebrates: For vertebrates (mammals, birds etc.) I only use roadkill or natural death (eg. pet trade). All are sourced from within the UK and processed by me. I treat all animals with respect when processing, and any unused remains are buried in my garden to return to nature. For bone processing I use a combination of controlled burial and cold water maceration. For invertebrates (insects) any UK native insects are also found via natural death (wild-collected). Exotic/non-native insects are sourced responsibly from a variety of sources both in the UK and abroad. All insects are pinned and set by me. I have friends and contacts abroad who send me natural death specimens, as well as a small selection of sustainable insect breeding programs in tropical countries. I do not work with cites/protected or endangered species, with the exception of comissions on personal pets where the specimen is provided by the customer.
The nature of wild-collecting dead specimens from nature does mean they can often be slightly damaged. This adds to the character of the piece, and ensures you get a unique piece of natural artwork. Any major ‘flaws’ in larger pieces are described or photographed in the listing, but minor flaws or insect pieces are impractical to list and are taken as a natural aspect of owning a wild-collected piece of taxidermy.