New stamps recognise species that were extinct

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Royal Mail has unveiled a set of six stamps that celebrate the reintroduction of flora and fauna previously extinct or endangered in the UK.

The stamps feature original illustrations by award-winning artist Tanya Achilleos Lock and show the Eurasian beaver, pool frog, sand lizard, large blue butterfly, osprey and stinking hawks-beard.

It is estimated that more than 400 species of animals and plants have become extinct over the past two centuries in the UK. However, conservationists have successfully reintroduced various species.

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

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: ‘When a plant or animal becomes 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.’

The stamps available now.