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Action for Species 1: Birds - 4 September 2007

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.

set of 10 bird stamps bearded tit, red kite, avocet, corncrake, marsh harrier, cirl bunting, bittern, dartford warbler, peregrine falcon, white-tailed sea eagle.

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1. White Tailed Sea Eagle
Mark Hamblin/Oxford Scientific

2. Bearded tit
Ernie Janes/NHPA

3. Red Kite
Richard Brooks/RSPB Images

4. Cirl Bunting
Mike Lane/NHPA

5. Marsh Harrier
Duncan Usher/Ardea

6. Avocet
Mike Lane/RSPB Images

7. Bittern
Erwin Van Laar/Foto Natura/FLPA

8. Dartford Warbler
Alan Williams/NHPA

9. Corncrake
Robert Smith/RSPB Images

10. Peregrine
Simon King/Nature Picture Library

The birds in detail

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.

Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
Cold winters hold them back, but well-managed reedbeds hold ever-increasing numbers, helped by welcome immigrants from the Dutch polders.

Red Kite Milvus milvus
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.

Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
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.

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Summer visitors, recovering spectacularly from pollution problems, these are now commonly breeding in the East Anglian reed-beds and colonising even further afield.

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
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.

Bittern Botaurus stellaris
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.

Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata
Mild winters and dry summers help this heath land resident to flourish south of the Thames. Perhaps it will even return to Kent!

Corncrake Crex crex
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.

Peregrine Falco peregrinus
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 14.

The stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2007 by Royal Mail.


Norvic First Day Cover

Our limited edition first day covers for this issue will be shown here. Our exclusive FDC for this issue shows an avocet in Norfolk.
The covers are priced at 8.95 each - postmarks to be decided.

Norvic FDC for Endangered  Birds stamp set issued 4 September 2007.

Products issued
Mint set
Presentation Pack
Royal Mail FDCs
Set of 10 Stamp Cards unused


Special Postmarks
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown below - these may not be to scale

postmark illustrated with bird of prey. postmark illustrated with bird. Dartford non-illustrated postmark. Postmark showing an osprey. Postmark showing red kite.
Ref FD719
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI.
Ref FD720
Official Dartford FDI postmark.
Ref FD720NP
Official Dartford non-pictorial FDI postmark
Ref M10674
Endangered Species Birds, Osprey Road, Birmingham
Ref L10670
The Red Kite, Kite Place, London EC2
postmark illustrated with avocet. postmark illustrated with bird. postmark illustrated with an eagle. Postmark showing a corncrake. Postmark showing grey seal.
Ref W10680
Exmouth, Devon. (RSPB Exe estuary)
Ref L10671
Eastbridge, Saxmundham. (RSPB Minsmere)
Ref L10667
Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Ref S10679
Balranald, Isle of North Uist (RSPB Balranald)
Ref M10675
Symonds Yat Rock, Coleford
postmark illustrated with bird of prey. postmark illustrated with bittern. postmark showing newspaper headline.
Ref N10677
Keswick, Cumbria. (Bassenthwaite Ospreys)
Ref N10678
Bittern Close, WA7 (Runcorn), GBFDC Association AGM.
Ref L10685
The Dartford Warbler, Destructive Humans Face Extinction

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This page updated 31 August 2007

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