Published on April 17th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
Celebrating Reintroduced Species In The UK
From ancient moors to soaring mountains, bubbling streams to imposing cliffs, the United Kingdom offers spectacular views of nature anywhere you go. An abundance of wildlife and plant life also calls the UK home, with many living in harmony within the expanses of nature.
For all the species of wildlife that live happily in the UK, there are plenty of species that we no longer see due to them being declared extinct. In 2016 it was declared that over one in 10 of the wildlife species in the UK are on the verge of extinction.
The reasons for this vary from over-hunting to loss of natural habitat with the rise of industrialisation. As a result, the UK is ranked only 189th out of 218 for its biodiversity ‘intactness’. This means that nature is not faring well in the UK compared to other countries.
But attempts to bring back nature that have not existed in the UK for centuries in some cases have proved to be fruitful. Plenty of species are being reintroduced in the UK in attempts to not only restore British and Northern Irish wildlife, but also attempt to bring balance to eco-systems.
UK Success At Reintroducing Wildlife
Beavers are creatures that everyone knows, but they have not been seen in the United Kingdom for centuries now. The Eurasian beaver is incredibly important in helping to maintain the UK ecosystem as they construct dams, allowing ponds and lakes to form which other species and plants can take advantage of.
On top of this, they are excellent at helping to control water flow by retaining it upstream, which means that the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver could be a way to help solve the problem of flooding that is widespread in the UK. The Eurasian beaver has been reintroduced in areas in Scotland along with a few areas in England such as the River Otter in Devon.
The sand lizard has been reintroduced into numerous counties in the UK, particularly in England and Wales. Loss of habitation is the main reason behind the decline of the sand lizard, which normally makes it home in dune and heathland areas which were often removed for agricultural or development purposes.
Special Stamps For Reintroduced Species
To celebrate some of the success stories of conservation efforts for reintroduced species, Royal Mail has released six special stamps that each feature an animal or flora that has had positive introduction back into their natural habitats.
The six special stamps are as below:
- 1st Class Osprey
- 1st Class Large Blue Butterfly
- £1.45 Eurasian Beaver
- £1.45 Pool Frog
- £1.55 Stinking Hawks-Beard
- £1.55 Sand Lizard
These stamps are available in a Presentation Pack that contains information that has been written by Chris Packham, TV presenter and naturalist. A brief background on extinction of UK animal and plant species is accompanied by an illustrated timeline outlining key dates of extinction and reinstruction over the last 800 years.
As well as this there is a set of Reintroduced Species Stamp Cards available for purchase, perfect for anyone who enjoys collecting stamp memorabilia. Along this, the Sustainable Fish First Day Cover is perfect for anyone with an interest in nature. We also have a large range of Themed stamps available for purchase on the Post Office Shop with something for everyone.