Stamps cel­e­brate ef­forts to res­cue wildlife

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS - PIC­TURES: PA WIRE.

THE SUC­CESS­FUL rein­tro­duc­tion of ex­tinct or en­dan­gered flora and fauna fea­ture on a new set of stamps.

The Eurasian beaver and pool frog are il­lus­trated on the six stamps go­ing on sale at post of­fices from April 17.

The sand lizard, large blue but­ter­fly, os­prey and stink­ing hawk’s-beard plant com­plete the set, il­lus­trated by Wilt­shire­based artist Tanya Achilleos Lock.

Ospreys were per­se­cuted and in 1916 were recorded as an ex­tinct breed­ing species in Scot­land.

In 1996, 64 young birds from the High­lands were moved to Rut­land Wa­ter in Eng­land.

The large blue but­ter­fly, mean­while, was ex­tinct in the UK but is now be­com­ing reestab­lished in Glouces­ter­shire and Som­er­set.

The pool frog was rein­tro­duced into a site in Nor­folk whose habi­tat had been spe­cially en­hanced to im­prove the species’ chance of sur­vival.

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: “When a plant or an­i­mal be­come ex­tinct in a coun­try, that does not have to be the end of the story.

“Our beau­ti­ful new stamps mark the skill and ex­per­tise of con­ser­va­tion­ists in rein­tro­duc­ing species back to their for­mer en­vi­ron­ments.”

It is es­ti­mated that more than 400 species of an­i­mals and plants that have be­come ex­tinct over the past two cen­turies in the UK.

How­ever, con­ser­va­tion­ists have suc­cess­fully rein­tro­duced var­i­ous species across the coun­try.

At the present time there are more than 900 na­tive species in the UK which are clas­si­fied as un­der threat, with oth­ers in sig­nif­i­cant de­cline.

The stamps can be or­dered from to­day at www.royal­mail. com/rein­tro­duced­species and are avail­able from 7,000 Post Of­fices na­tion­wide.

The new set of stamps which fea­ture wildlife suc­cess­fully rein­tro­duced in the wild af­ter fac­ing ex­tinc­tion.

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