Ingrid Houwers, Founder and owner of Houwers Taxidermy NI and advisor to Game of Thrones
A good taxidermist needs to have not just artistic flair and well-honed skills in the mechanics of conducting the preservation but, possibly more importantly, a detailed understanding of the nature of the animal. How it lives, moves, acts. The best taxidermists have a passion for wildlife and all that it provides. Ingrid is definitely in that category. However, not only is she running a business from her passion but she is also actively involved in Taxidermy organisations such as the Taxidermy Association of Ireland where she is the secretary for Northern Ireland.For you Game of Thrones fans, Ingrid was a regular advisor and provider of all things ‘skin’ over the years it was filmed to ensure authenticity throughout.
Charlotte Souto - CJs Birds of PreyCharlotte is, quite simply, passionate about birds of prey. Since a young age she has devoted her life to these amazing birds and the art of falconry. With more than 60 birds of her own, with lots of different species, every waking moment is spent with these beautiful creatures. Learn more from her infectious attitude to this ancient art.
Jose Souto - Chef, Lecturer and Author of the Game Larder books Venison and FeathersJose Souto is possibly one of the most game focussed chefs in the UK. Born in London to Spanish parents, Jose embraces his Spanish cultural tradition, his English love of Fieldsports, his talent for cooking, and his vocation for imparting knowledge to others to really make an impact on the way we can all learn to access, harvest and cook game meat. If thats not enough, Jose has a passion for Birds of Prey and Falconry. It was a pleasure to spend a little over an hour chatting and learning more about this remarkable man.