Issue Date: 04/04/2019
Issue Name: Birds of Prey - Kestrel
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Birds is a perennial and popular thematic and the wildlife related issue of 2019. Birds of Prey is the subject of several recent best-selling books and has rarely featured on UK stamps. All the featured birds are UK Birds of Prey.
Our lovely Birds of Prey first day cover has been produced in association with the International Centre for Birds of Prey and features the second se-tenant strip of five stamps and the ICBP's Kestrel on the cover design. This stunning cover has our Barnsley first day of issue postmark (4th April, 2019), linking together the bird and the 1969 film 'Kes' which celebrates it's 50th anniversary.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey
The centre was first opened to the public on May 25th 1967 as a family business by Philip Glasier, a very well-known falconer of his time. He wanted to be able to expand his knowledge and share it with others and at the same time earn a living from it.
At today’s money, the entry fee was 12.5p for adults to come in and about 7p for children! At that time the centre was a unique facility that people had never seen before and the numbers slowly built up, in its heyday, to about forty to fifty thousand visitors.
It was the only dedicated bird of prey centre in the UK at the time, and just one of two in the world, the other being in Germany.
Over time and under the direction of Jemima Parry-Jones the daughter of Philip Glasier the emphasis changed and the conservation of all birds of prey became its primary concern.
It is now the oldest dedicated bird of prey centre in the world; it has the largest and most successful breeding collection of Falconiformes and Strigiformes (diurnal or day flying birds of prey and owls) and is most respected in the ornithological and scientific world of raptors. Its long-term conservation work is second to no other raptor centre worldwide.
Falconry is now recognised in some countries by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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David Bradley played Billy Casper, the lead role in the film 'KES'.