Herm Island

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After what seems like a lifetime of rain and cold, we are seeing the first stirrings of spring in the island and when the sun comes out in Guernsey, so do we. It won’t take many more blue skies for us to be scooting across the Little Russell on pleasure boats and ferries to fall back under the spell of our beloved Herm. 

We have been enchanted with our sister isle since it was bought by the States of Guernsey after the war for us to enjoy, and we return year after year to walk its spectacular cliff paths, seal watch, sleep under canvas, sit on the glorious sands of Shell Beach or enjoy a drink at the legendary Mermaid Tavern. 

Our latest stamps depict some of our favourite spots and remind us why we love the island so much. But it is not just Bailiwick residents who flock to Herm’s shores - visitors come from all over the world to step back in time and enjoy a brief respite from the rigours of life in the twenty-first century. 

As the staff and families who make up the small population ready themselves for the new season, we spoke to the island’s Director of Hospitality Jonathan Watson about our stamp issue: 

“We are delighted with the Herm edition stamps, which capture the island perfectly. They convey the warmth of welcome, the outstanding natural beauty and the sense of relaxation that epitomise Herm. Spring is a wonderful time for us as we look forward to welcoming our visitors and these images help to conjure up the summer ahead. They will remind those in Guernsey of the beautiful island just three miles away and, further afield, the stamps will introduce us to new audiences who have not yet had the pleasure of a visit to Herm.”


Date of Issue 29th May 2013
Designer Bridget Yabsley
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 32mm deep x 32mm wide
Paper 110 gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Perforation 13.3
Cylinder A