Spotlight on Nicky Secker-Bligh

Taxidermist

Professionally, as well as looking after advertising clients for Norfolk Director magazine, I run my own small taxidermist business. As the ‘taxidermy lady’, I specialise in birds and learnt my skills from an established taxidermist.

Published in Norfolk Director Magazine Winter 2023
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About Nicky

What I particularly love about taxidermy is that you never stop learning – there is always a client who will ask for something creative that stretches you, and that is what gives me the greatest satisfaction.

I live with my partner Dave, and would describe myself as a hyper, Francophile, music loving lady, who loves hill walking and travel, as well as running and keeping fit.

Q&As

Describe yourself in three words? Driven, motivated and extremely lively.

What was your first job? Apprentice draughtswoman drawing electrical circuits for an educational robot manufacturer. Whilst it was an interesting role, I quickly realised I was too gregarious and too much of a ‘people person’ to be shut away.

What frustrates you? Unmotivated people, laziness and lack of customer service.

How do you spend your leisure time? Running, cycling, country walks, hill walking (obviously out of Norfolk!), and as communications isn’t his strength, I play at being PA in Dave’s business. I am a big music fan and like hip-hop, grime and Afrobeats. I also love going out to the bars and restaurants in Norwich, spending time with friends and family, and planning the next adventure!

What’s your favourite television programme? Umm… I’m not really a TV person, I’d rather be buzzing about!

What’s your favourite food? Easily a ‘Ruby Murray’. I love to cook – and eat – Indian and Thai curries.

What food do you hate? Anything with a pulse. Since the age of 11, I have been a vegetarian, so no meat or fish; ironic really for a taxidermist.

What is your biggest weakness? Dave says I’m a typical salesperson and talk too much.

Where are you happiest? With clients, in my workshop, or in Paris.

What was the first record you bought? Single was Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers; Album was Rebel Yell by Billy Idol.

At school, what were you good at? Physics, Art and French. Bizarrely, I hated PE, but now I am addicted to fitness.

What one material thing could you not do without? I have two things which I would be lost without, my phone and my car.

You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? As I was one in the eighties, it would have to be a punk.

What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? A full, lifesize poster of Adam Ant that filled my wardrobe door.

How many attempts before you passed your driving test? First time. My parents had gone away to France and we lived in rural Norfolk. If I passed I went out that week, if I failed I had to stay in – it gave me the push I needed.

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