The fourth set of Faststamps depicting birds will be issued on 16 September, 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 seabirds that can be found around Britain’s coasts.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.
Puffin, Gannet, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Cormorant, Arctic Tern
Pre-issue publicity image.
Puffin Fratercula arctica
The portly little 26–29cm puffin looks comical and clown-like waddling in and out of its island breeding burrow, but underwater it is a skilled diver, seizing rows of small fish in its huge gaudy bill
Gannet Morus bassanus
With wings spanning almost 2m, 85–97cm long gannets make dramatic dives from the air to seize shoaling fish, their dazzling white bodies arrowing down and hitting the water with resounding splashes.
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
This stocky 40–45cm wader rarely takes oysters but eats mussels and cockles. If they are open, it forces its big orange-red bill into the gap between the shell halves; if closed, it smashes its way in.
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
With a body shorter than a starling’s, at just 18–20cm, this little wader has a clockwork-like look-run-stop-run action as it finds food at the surface of sand or mud by sight, rather than probing.
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
This big (80–100cm), black, prehistoric-looking seabird often perches on a rock or post, holding out its wings to dry the plumage. It is increasingly common on lakes and rivers far from the sea.
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Streamlined and elegant, this beautiful 33–35cm fork-tailed relative of the gulls spots fish while hovering, then often dips down and hovers again to pinpoint its prey before plunging into the water.
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
| Ref FD1135
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark illustrated with a map of the British Isles
| Ref FD1136
Bristol official postmark illustrated with a bird's egg
Bristol official non-pictorial postmark.
| Ref L12256
| Ref M12270
Beach Close, Birmingham
|Ref S7667 Britain's Most Northerly Post Office, Baltasound,
(Permanent postmark, rolling date.)
|Ref S12272 1986-2011 World Heritage Site, St Kilda, Outer Hebrides
|Ref L12261 Autumn Stampex Post & Go Birds of Britain IV First Day of Issue, London N1
|Ref N12288 Birds of Britain, Seahouses
|Ref W12290 Birds of Britain, Marloes, Haverfordwest
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