This year’s PostEurop stamp theme is ‘Endangered
National Wildlife’, and we are delighted to depict eight species found in the
Bailiwick of Guernsey,
These stunning stamps, which are the work of
Guernsey-born artist Wendy Bramall, feature species that are locally registered
from critically endangered through to near threatened.
PostEurop is inviting all postal fans and philatelic enthusiasts to join us in this awareness campaign and promote this year's beautiful entries featuring
"endangered national wildlife". You can cast a vote for your
favourite stamp of this 2021 EUROPA Stamps Competition, on www.posteurop.org/europa2021.
The European herring gull used to be Guernsey’s most
common gull; however the species is now listed as Near Threatened on the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.
Listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the scaly
cricket, also known as the Atlantic Beach Cricket, is one of the rarest species
of cricket. They were previously only recorded in four UK locations but in
recent years have been found in Guernsey, Herm and Sark.
Basking sharks are the world’s second-largest
fish. These graceful giants are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and
are now protected in EU waters and under some international agreements. They
are mostly seen in or near the Hurd Deep, an underwater valley northwest of the
Channel Islands and the deepest point in the English Channel.
The once common European eel was often caught to make
eel pies and jellied eels, but some estimates show that numbers have declined
to less than one percent of historic levels and are now classed as Critically
Guernsey and Jersey are the only places where the Near
Threatened Black-backed meadow ant can be found in the British Isles. An Ant
Action Plan was implemented in Guernsey in 2018 to tackle its rapid decline.
They can be spotted along the island’s southern cliff paths between Pleinmont
and Icart and in field banks close to the cliffs.
Harbour porpoise are shy and elusive marine animals
that spend very little time at the surface and are a particularly difficult
species to monitor. Guernsey has a small and vulnerable local population, and
the species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
habitat of the orange and brown chequered Glanville fritillary butterfly is disappearing
at an alarming rate. More common in Alderney than anywhere else in the British
Isles, it is making a comeback in Guernsey and can be spotted on warm days on
the island’s cliff sides.
Porbeagle shark, distant relatives of the great white
shark, are occasionally seen in Bailiwick waters and are listed as Critically
Endangered on the IUCN Red List. In 2020 two Guernsey pollock fishermen made
national news when they came across a huge 300 lbs porbeagle shark, 12 miles
off Cobo Bay.