The latest in the range of an animal theme, Birds is the first of a proposed series of three issues that examine UK species that are endangered, but thanks to the efforts of conservation groups and the public, are now on the way to recovery. Continuing the series of animals on stamps, the Birds stamp issue comprises of ten 1st class stamps in a se-tenant block featuring UK bird species that although on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) endangered list, are showing signs of recovery. Each stamp features a photograph of the bird together with its common and scientific name and a statistic referring to the species' increasing population.
White Tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
Extinct in Britain for nearly a hundred years, Norwegian birds were introduced to the Hebrides in 1975 to encourage a slow-growing fresh start.
Cold winters hold them back, but well-managed reedbeds hold ever-increasing numbers, helped by welcome immigrants from the Dutch polders.
Persecuted to the brink of extinction, its recovery is one of the great successes of recent years. Maybe we shall see it scavenging the streets of London again.
This Mediterranean species has a patchy foothold in Southern England, but enlightened farming practices are encouraging a healthy increase in populations, especially in South Devon.
Summer visitors, recovering spectacularly from pollution problems, these are now commonly breeding in the East Anglian reed-beds and colonising even further afield.
The most elegant and welcome of all waders, increasing mightily, first as a consequence of wartime flooding of coastal marshes, but benefiting today from careful wetland management.
Famous for its booming call and its preference for skulking in dense reed-beds, its prospects may depend on inspired habitat management and fewer cold winters. A case of crossed fingers.
Mild winters and dry summers help this heath land resident to flourish south of the Thames. Perhaps it will even return to Kent!
Brought to its knees by the introduction of grass and silage culture in the machine age, farmers have changed their grassland programmes in order to aid their recovery.
These magnificent falcons have been much persecuted in a variety of ways through the centuries. Yet they survive and increasingly patronise man-made nest sites. Check church towers, pylons, warehouses and high-rise flats!
Technical details: The 35mm square stamps are designed by Kate Stephens using the work of photographers mentioned above. In sheets of 30/60 they are printed in lithography by De La Rue Security Print, perf 14½.
The stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2007 by Royal Mail.
Our limited edition first day covers for this issue will be shown
Our exclusive FDC for this issue shows an avocet in Norfolk.
The covers are priced at £8.95 each - postmarks to be decided.
Royal Mail FDCs
Set of 10 Stamp Cards unused
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below - these may not be to scale.
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI.
Official Dartford FDI postmark.
Official Dartford non-pictorial FDI postmark
Endangered Species Birds, Osprey Road, Birmingham
The Red Kite, Kite Place, London EC2
Exmouth, Devon. (RSPB Exe estuary)
Eastbridge, Saxmundham. (RSPB Minsmere)
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Balranald, Isle of North Uist (RSPB Balranald)
Symonds Yat Rock, Coleford
Keswick, Cumbria. (Bassenthwaite Ospreys)
Bittern Close, WA7 (Runcorn), GBFDC Association AGM.
The Dartford Warbler, Destructive Humans Face Extinction
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This page updated 31 August 2007
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