The third set of Faststamps depicting birds will be issued on 19 May, one of three sets to be issued this year. As before, these will be sold from Post & Go machines at selected Post Offices across the UK and from the Philatelic Bureau at Tallents House. The third set depicts the birds that can be found on or close to Britain’s lakes, rivers and streams.Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2007.
Publicity image (above), and actual labels in bureau carrier (below)
– Anas platyrhnchos
The male has a dark green head, a yellow bill, is mainly purple-brown on the breast and grey on the body. The female is mainly brown with an orange bill. It breeds in all parts of the UK in summer and winter, wherever there are suitable wetland habitats.
Mute Swan – Cygnus obor
The mute has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with a black base. It flies with its neck extended and regular slow wingbeats. The UK population has increased recently, perhaps due to better protection of this species.
Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis
Kingfishers are small unmistakable bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water's surface.
Moorhen – Gallinula chloropus
The moorhen is a medium-sized, ground-dwelling bird, usually found near water. From a distance it looks black with a ragged white line along its body. Up close it is olive-brown on the back and the head and underneath are blue-grey. It has a red bill with a yellow tip.
Greylag Goose – Anser anser
The ancestor of most domestic geese, the greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe.
Great Crested Grebe – Podiceps cristatus
An elegant bird with ornate head plumes. They dive to feed and also to escape, preferring this to flying. On land they are clumsy because their feet are placed so far back on their bodies. They have an elaborate courtship display in which they rise out of the water and shake their heads. Very young grebes often ride on their parents' backs.
The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around
A mint set will also be available from Royal Mail's Tallents House Bureau in a pack on an attractive card with details about each of the birds featured together with an illustration of their eggs. All values in the pack are 1st Class with a philatelic branch code of 002011. Design is by The Chase with illustration by Peter Horridge.
Although Post & Go machines are a Post Office Ltd product, Royal Mail
will again produce a First Day Cover and official First Day Postmarks for
Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here, others may be added later. These are not to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.
| Ref FD1123
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark illustrated with a map of the British Isles
| Ref FD1124
Bristol official postmark illustrated with a bird's egg
Bristol official non-pictorial postmark.
|Ref L 12152 Hyde Park, London SW1
|Ref M12156 Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
|Ref M12155 Kingfisher View, Birmingham
|Ref L12159 The Military Canal, Hythe, Kent.
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