Royal Mail has issued 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.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: "These stamps allow us all to have our own collection of miniature 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."
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).