London, UK (PRWeb UK) April 13, 2010
Tomorrow, Royal Mail is putting stamp collectors on wildlife watch as it launches a new set of stamps highlighting the UK mammal population's struggle for survival. Wildcats, Whales and Water Voles all feature on this brilliant and colourful new stamp collection.
The set of ten 1st Class Mammals stamps are part of a series of Action for Species stamps to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and are a fantastic addition to every stamp collector's stamp collection.
The United Kingdom and its coastline is home to more than 80 species of mammals, whilst many are thriving others have seen their populations decline. Even the seemingly prevalent hedgehog, has seen a decline in population through loss of habitat from more intensively managed farmland, pollution and growth in roads and housing.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: "These stamps allow us all to have our own collection of minature mammals. But they will also deliver an important conservation message through millions of letter boxes, highlighting just how important it is to safeguard the future of the diverse range of mammals which inhabit the UK and its shores."
Dr Robert Bloomfield, co-ordinator for the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity in the UK, said:
"These stamps illustrate that even some of the most loved UK species, which we consider common or familiar, are under threat. We can all make a difference in our day to day lives to change things for the better for plants and animals. IYB-UK encourages people to learn about our native plants and species, to appreciate them, and to do practical things to prevent their loss."
Stamp collectors will be able to add to their previous Action for Species stamp collection with these colourful additions. Mammals is the fourth issue in the Action for Species stamp series, which highlights the plight of indigenous flora and fauna. The stamp collection series began with Birds in 2007, and continued with Insects (2008) and Plants (2009).
NOTES TO EDITORS
Biodiversity is Life
The United Nations has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), celebrating the diversity of life on Earth, including every plant, animal and micro-organism. In the UK, the IYB has over 350 partners - including Royal Mail and the Natural History Museum - who have come together to promote the understanding of biodiversity. For information on events, initiatives and exhibitions across the UK visit http://www.biodiversityislife.net
Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Offices, or online at http://www.royalmail.com/stamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.
For almost 50 years Royal Mail's Special Stamp programme commemorates and celebrates events and anniversaries pertinent to British heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gifters in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty the Queen approves all British stamp designs before they are printed.
Mammals (Action for Species 4) Stamps
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Humpback Whale
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Wildcat
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Brown Long-eared Bat
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Polecat
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Sperm Whale
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Water Vole
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Greater Horseshoe Bat
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Otter
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Dormouse
1st - First Class inland letter Rate Hedgehog
# # #