On July 31st, 2014, An Post issued eight new stamps "Continuing the celebration of Ireland’s biodiversity"
The species featured in this issue are the scallop, otter, viviparous lizard, badger, wren, mute swan, basking shark and violet snail. These eight new stamps are a part of An Post's Irish Animals and Marine Life definitive series.
As an island, Ireland and its surrounding waters provide a home for many species of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This variety of life is called our biodiversity and here, as in many other places on Earth, it is a very important part of our day to day lives.
Compared to the rest of Europe, Ireland does not have a great many indigenous species of animals. There are only 26 land mammal species native to Ireland, one land reptile, three amphibians, about 400 birds and 400 types of fresh and saltwater fish. We hope that by issuing this suite of stamps we will raise public awareness of the importance of conserving our biodiversity for generations to come. We also hope that the stamps will improve understanding of the economic value of Ireland’s biodiversity and promote debate about protecting our natural heritage.
The stamps were designed by Zinc Design Consultants and 8 new animal species are featured. The series features 50 animal species found in Ireland and its surrounding waters and aims to bring as diverse a sample of Irish animal and marine life as possible.