Duo stamp­ing out bird deaths

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A DY­NAMIC duo are driv­ing a fundrais­ing ef­fort to pro­tect the al­ba­tross.

Oliver Carter and Sam Brunt, who are re­cy­cling of­fi­cers at Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary School, have been col­lect­ing used stamps from class­mates.

Each loose stamp has small value but in large quan­ti­ties they can be con­verted into cash.

Oliver and Sam have col­lected the stamps and handed them to Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, the ju­nior sec­tion of The Royal So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Birds in East Cheshire, which is cam­paign­ing to stop the need­less death of al­ba­tross.

The cash col­lected funds vi­tal in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion work pro­tect­ing the birds.

Shock­ingly 15 of the 22 species of al­ba­tross are threat­ened with ex­tinc­tion. The main threat to al­ba­trosses is death at the end of a hook on a fish­ing long-line.

Work­ing closely with BirdLife In­ter­na­tional part­ners in the South­ern Ocean, the RSPB are work­ing to stop the need­less slaugh­ter of th­ese amaz­ing birds and bring them back from the brink of ex­tinc­tion.

Tina Hanak, group leader for Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers, said: “Not many peo­ple will be for­tu­nate enough to see an al­ba­tross, but ev­ery­one can take a role in try­ing to help them.

“If ev­ery­one could be en­cour­aged to send in their stamps to the ap­peal, th­ese birds would have a brighter fu­ture.

“The RSPB sells stamps to deal­ers and an auc­tion house. For ex­am­ple, £50 will buy a tori-line (bird scar­ing de­vice) for a long­line fish­ing ves­sel.”

The RSPCA can raise up to £6 per kilo for UK stamps and £15 per kg for for­eign stamps. First day cov­ers and rare stamps (pre-1970) can be auc­tions.

●● Oliver Carter and Sam Brunt, who are re­cy­cling of­fi­cers at Bosley St Marys Pri­mary School, have been col­lect­ing used stamps from class­mates

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