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Royal Mail is releasing six more of the UK's favourite garden birds on the second set of Post & Go pictorial stamps available from 24 January in 30 Post Office® branches across the UK and Tallents House.


Once again Royal Mail referred to the results of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch to select six more of the most commonly seen species from the top 20, complementing the first set of stamps issued in September 2010.


The series continues in May next year with a third set featuring birds seen in or around the UK's rivers, lakes and ponds, and in September with a fourth and final set featuring birds seen around the UK's coast.


    Birds of Britain is the first series of pictorial stamps issued by Post & Go terminals, a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels.


         Initially these pictorial Post & Go stamps are available from Post & Go terminals in 30 branches – see Notes to Editors for full list - with subsequent sets being available from all Post & Go terminals. 


         The first Post & Go machine was installed at The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2007; since then over 170 terminals have been installed in around 100 branches. 


Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: "Birds have long been one of the most popular subjects for stamp issues and for this first set of pictorial Post & Go Stamps we wanted to celebrate the beauty and variety of the UK's birdlife.


"All the birds in the series have been beautifully illustrated by wildlife artist and ornithologist, Robert Gillmor."




Issued by Aawaz Communications on behalf of Royal Mail

Tel 020 7404 6064




For images of the Birds of Britian 2 Post & Go stamps call Kathryn Hollingsworth at Aawaz Communications on 0207 404 6064 or e-mail


Stamps and stamp products are available at selected Post Office® branches listed below, online at  the Royal Mail eBay shop:, and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB


Birds of Britain 2 Post & Go Stamps




As overprinted by Post  & Go machine


As overprinted by Post & Go machine


As overprinted by Post & Go machine

Collared Dove

As overprinted by Post & Go machine

Long-tailed Tit

As overprinted by Post & Go machine


As overprinted by Post & Go machine




Turdus merula

The males are black, but females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds



Fringilla coelebs

The UK's second most common bird, its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground, but when it flies it reveals a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers.


Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Distinctive with its buff-pink plumage and black neck collar, it is usually seen singly or in pairs. It feeds on the ground but readily perches on roofs and wires, and the collared dove is now one of our most common birds.



Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is bigger than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy, long-tailed tits are most usually noticed in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds.



Carduelis chloris

The Greenfinch is similar in size and shape to a House Sparrow but is mainly green, with yellow in the wings and tail. The female and young birds are duller and have brown tones on the back



Pica pica

With its black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie. Close-up its black plumage takes on a colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail.



Birds of Britain (2) Post & Go Stamps – Technical Details





Number of stamps



Kate Stephens


Robert Gillmor

Stamp Format


Stamp Size

56 mm x 25mm


Walsall Security Printers

Print Process



Kiss die-cut simulated perforations







Product Portfolio:


Stamp Set

Price: £2.46


The set of six Post & Go stamps are mounted on an attractive card with details about each of the birds featured together with an illustration of their eggs. All values are First Class with a philatelic Post & Go code. Design is by The Chase with illustration by Peter Horridge.


The Post & Go stamps vended from the machines have the letter rate value and code data printed on demand. The set of stamps sold from Tallents House are all pre-printed with the First Class rate in gravure.

First Day Envelope

Price: 30p


This is a generic design for all Post & Go stamps, featuring a map of the UK. Design is by The Chase


Post & Go First Day Cover – from selected Post & Go Post Offices

Mail Order Price: £3.43


The six Post & Go stamps are overprinted with the 1st Class value and the philatelic code. The Filler Card features an illustration by Peter Horridge. Blank First Day Envelopes are also available from Post Offices with Post & Go machines.


First Day of Issue: Tallents House, Edinburgh Ref No FD 11 03


Alternative postmarks, Bristol Ref No FD 11 04

As an alternative to the Tallents House, Edinburgh postmark, pictorial and non-pictorial (plain design) Bristol postmarks will also be available for this issue. Bristol is the alternative postmark as that was the location of the first Post & Go machine trial.


All first-day-of-issue postmarking offices will be supplied with the alternative pictorial first-day-of-issue postmark.  This will mean that all first day covers posted at the Post Office® counter will be cancelled with the same pictorial postmark regardless of where they are posted.


The Post & Go stamps vended from the machines have the letter rate value and code data printed on demand. The set of stamps sold from Tallents House are all pre-printed with the First Class rate in gravure. 

Source:News Release RS  15 December 2010

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