|BC460||Post & Go - British Pond Life - Bureau Stamps, unsigned||£18.50||Buy Now|
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|BC460S||Post & Go - British Pond Life - Bureau stamps, signed by Christopher Wormell||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC460BS||Post & Go - British Pond Life - Machine Stamps, signed by Christopher Wormell||£30.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 22/02/2013
Issue Name: Post & Go - British Pond Life
Producer: Buckingham Covers
In 2013, Royal Mail's Post & Go Series featured freshwater life. The first focuses on British Pond Life and features the Three-Spined Stickleback, Emperor Dragonfly, Smooth Newt, Lesser Silver Water Beetle, Fairy Shrimp and Glutinous Snail, and is available signed by the stamp designer Christopher Wormell.
Post & Go Pond Life
Our ponds are in serious decline. About a third have disappeared in the last 50 years and of those remaining around 80% are in poor condition for wildlife. Garden ponds are very important to take over from the old village ponds, even a small pond will attract a wide variety of animal life. It's not just the traditional residents that benefit from these watery oases either. Ponds provide drinking water for mammals, attract grass snakes looking for a meal and act as a public baths for many garden birds.
At the bottom of the pond and along the margins there are the invertebrates, like the flat worm and the water snails. On the surface are the insects like the damsel flies and the dragon flies. Caddis flies are a good sign of a high quality pond but are only found in about one in 10 at the moment. There are great water boatmen and common and spotted back-swimmers.
In the water, besides the various fish, along with our seven native species of native amphibia, the frogs, toads and newts. Some are now quite rare. The dragon-like great crested newt is one of these and is protected by law in the UK. It's illegal to catch, possess or handle them without a licence, or to disturb their habitat.
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Christopher Wormell is an English print-maker, principally known for his illustrated books.