The fourth in Royal Mail's new nature series, 'Action for Species' concentrates on mammals. The series examines UK species that are endangered, but thanks to the efforts of conservation groups and the public, we have become increasingly aware of the threats to our mammal populations, and many now benefit from legal protection and active conservation measures, and are showing encouraging signs of recovery.
The issue comprises of ten 1st class stamps in a se-tenant block featuring UK insect species that are endangered. The British Isles is home to more than 60 species of mammals, but almost half of these have been introduced from elsewhere in the world – and they include some of the most abundant, like the rabbit and grey squirrel.
All ten mammals are the subject of conservation programmes due to the effect of adverse changes in their environment caused by pollution, the growth in roads and housing developments, and in some cases the introduction of non-native species, which have all contributed to a fall in numbers. Each stamp features a photograph of the insect together with its common and scientific name.2010 is also the International Year of Biodiversity.
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Humpback Whale – Megaptera
(Average weight: 45 tonnes,
total length: 13–15m)
This big, black whale with white under its tail has knobbly flippers that are longer than those of any other whale. Seen mainly in summer to the west of Britain, it arches its back to dive and feeds by sieving small fish from the water using a complex array of frilly plates found in its upper jaw instead of teeth.
Technical details: The 35mm square stamps are designed by Jason Godfrey. Photographic credits: humpback whale © Brandon Cole/Nature Picture Library; wildcat © Peter Cairns/Nature Picture Library; brown long-eared bat © Les Stocker/Photolibrary Group Ltd; polecat © Paul Hobson/Royal Mail; sperm whale © Thomas Haider/Photolibrary Group Ltd; water vole © Terry Whittaker; greater horseshoe bat © Biosphoto/Frank & Philippe/Still Pictures; otter © Paul Hobson; dormouse © Stephen Dalton/NHPA/Photoshot; hedgehog © Laurie Campbell/Royal Mail
In sheets of 30/60 they are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing, perf 14½.
The stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2010 by Royal Mail.
Retail booklet - 15 June
A retail booklet of 6 self-adhesive stamps, being 4 x 1st class gold Machin definitives and Otter and Hedgehog mammals stamps - for first day postmarks see the retail booklets page.
Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown below here these may not be to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained to order after 13 April.
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI.
Official Batts Corner FDI postmark.
Official Batts Corner non-pictorial FDI postmark
Sidlesham, Chichester (Hampshire)
North Petherwin, Launceston (Cornwall)
The Mammal Society, Southampton.
Whales Yard, London E 15
Scottish Wildcat Association Edinburgh
Mousehole, Penzance (Cornwall)
|Ref W11705 British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Ludlow, Shropshire|
Otter Croft, Birmingham
|Ref N11699 Otterspool, Liverpool (GBFDC Assoc)|
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