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Isle of Man Wildlife

Collection Issue Date: 12th February 2019

A set of ten stamps to showcase the diversity of wildlife on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present this issue of ten stamps to showcase the diversity of wildlife to be found, by the patient and observant, in the small but richly-varied landscape of the Isle of Man.

The striking Stonechat bird which forms our EU stamp value from this collection is our contribution to the EUROPA group of stamp nations 'Birds' themed collaborative project for 2019. To celebrate, we are excited to be part of PostEurop's "Europa Stamps Bird Project 2019" which connects a sound file to our 2019 Europa stamp. The result is a smart and fun addition to this wonderful stamp issue which will add to your stamp viewing experience.

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Issue Information

Laura McCoy, Curator of Natural History, Manx National Heritage writes...

The landscape of the Isle of Man has changed since it separated from the UK around 8,500 years ago. Surrounded by the Irish Sea, the Island is influenced by all its nearest neighbours, and yet is unique in its composition of wildlife, making it something to be treasured and protected. Islands can be hugely important in terms of supporting rare species and serve as refuges, but their sensitivity to environmental impacts increases the smaller they are. The continued presence of rarities like hen harriers, lesser-mottled grasshoppers and the greater butterfly orchid is by no means guaranteed and government agencies and wildlife groups manage and monitor the Manx countryside to support them.

Alien species, such as wallabies and harlequin ladybirds, compete with indigenous wildlife, impacting biodiversity and food chains. We are seeing more attention being given to curbing the spread of Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam and hope to have these tenacious plants eradicated in the coming years. We are also lucky enough to have a population of honey bees that, unlike many places in the world, have so far avoided being infected by invasive varroa mites because of the continued vigilance of the bee-keeping community.

Numerous areas are managed for wildlife on the Island, such as the Ayres, Cooildarry and Ballaugh Curragh, plus over ten percent of our territorial waters are marine nature reserves. There are many instances where the local community can help keep our Island a beautiful place to live and work, such as not disturbing ground-nesting birds, picking up dog waste, buying local produce and not dropping litter; we have already seen the huge impact that beach-cleans can have and the work does not stop there; helping experts monitor local wildlife at coordinated events can also feed into long term scientific studies.

Technical Information

Photography Brian Liggins
Design Isle of Man Advertising
Text Laura McCoy
Printer Cartor
Format Sheet of 40 stamps
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 110gms PVA Gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 31.7 x 31.7mm
No of Stamps 10
Date of Issue 12th February 2019

Manx Wildlife Week May 4th - May 12th

Manx National Heritage's "Manx Wildlife Week" returns!

As of May 4th till May 12th various workshops, talks and activities will take place all over the Island. Manx National Heritage hopes that this year's #manxwildlifeweek inspires the public to appreciate and to protect what our unique Island has to offer.

Please see the schedule below for some fantastic events coming up! Most events are free and the perfect outing for families and wildlife enthusiasts.

We are teaming up with Manx National Heritage and will give away one Presentation Pack a day of our Wildlife Stamps via our Facebook page. For more information click here!

For more information visit Manx National Heritage website.

Saturday 4 May
– DEFA Guided Walk, Santon Gorge and Port Soldrick ASSI, 2pm – 4pm. Book your place here
– Himalayan Balsam Walk with the Friends of the Neb at The Raggatt, 11am – 12pm. Book your place here


Sunday 5 May
– Greeba Mountain Guided Walk with Shaun Gelling (DEFA) on Central Hills ASSI, 10am – 2pm. Book your place here


Monday 6 May
– Bank Holiday activities at Curragh's Wildlife Park – please visit to their website to find out more.
– Live spotting with Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch at Peel Castle, 10am – 4pm. Book your place here
– Blooming Bluebells with Manx Wildlife Trust, Ramsey Hairpin, 2pm – 3.30pm. For booking please visit the Manx Wildlife Trust Facebook page
– Wildlife Workshop with MSPCA & Friends, 4pm – 6pm. Book your place here
– Conservation and Farming Talk with Manx National Farmers Union, iMuseum, Douglas, 7pm – 9pm. Book your place here

Tuesday 7 May

– Guided Walk at The Ayres with David Wright (Warden), 10am – 12pm. Book your place here

– Nature Tots with Manx BirdLife Watch, Peel 10am – 12pm. Book your place here
– How We Are Saving Our Seas, 6.30pm – 8pm, iMuseum. Book your place here

Wednesday 8 May
– Bird Watch with Manx BirdLife, Peel, 9.30am – 11.30am. Book your place here
– Bird Watch with Manx BirdLife, Niarbyl, 1pm – 3pm. Book your place here
– The ASSI's (Areas of Special Scientific Interest) of the Isle of Man, talk by DEFA, 7.30pm – 9pm. Book your place here

Thursday 9 May
– Herbal Spring Cleanse – Using therapeutic plants to revitalise after the winter months with Jane Prescott at Cregneash: 1pm – 3.30pm, tickets £25. Book your place here
– Marine Drive Walk with Manx BirdLife, 9.30am – 11.30am. Book your place here
– Fly Walk with Steve Crellin, Ballaugh Plantation, 1.45pm. Book your place here
– Beginner's Course in Butterfly Identification with Manx Wildlife Trust, iMuseum, Douglas, 7pm – 8.30pm (This session is aimed at adults.) Book your place here

Friday 10 May
– Simon King – Public Lecture, Manx Museum, 7pm – 9pm (doors open at 6pm), tickets £15. Book your place here

Saturday 11 May
– A Morning with Simon King, meeting 8am at King William's College carpark, tickets £50. More information to follow soon. Book your place here
– Rockpooling with Manx Wildlife Trust, Douglas (slipway opposite the bottom of Summerhill), 9.30am. Book your place here
– Manx Beekeeper's Association Open Day, Marown Old School, 2pm – 5pm. Please register your interest here
– Manx Bat Group Walk, Poyll Dooey, Whitebridge Car Park, 8.45pm. Book your place here
– Manx Rivers; Past, Present & Future, 12.30pm – 4pm. Book your place here

Sunday 12 May
– Guided walk with Kate Hawkins, Cregneash, 10am – 12pm. Book your place here
– Japanese Knotweed with Friends of the Neb, 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Book your place here
– UNESCO Biosphere – Voices for Our Future, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, Manx Museum Lecture Theatre. Book your ticket here

Collection Products

Isle of Man Wildlife Set and Sheet Set
Isle of Man Wildlife Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: XC31
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

The Isle of Man's diverse wildlife is captured on a set of ten stamps with images captured by Manx photographer Brian Liggins who has spent more than ten years photographing the Island's birds and wildlife.


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Isle of Man Wildlife Europa Sheetlet
Isle of Man Wildlife Europa Sheetlet

Product Code: XC68
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

The striking Stonechat bird which forms our EU stamp from the Isle of Man Wildlife collection is perfectly captured by photographer Brian Liggins and is our contribution to the EUROPA group of stamp nations 'Birds' themed collaborative project for 2019.


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Isle of Man Wildlife Europa First Day Cover
Isle of Man Wildlife Europa First Day Cover

Product Code: XC95
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

Two Isle of Man Post Office 2019 Europa stamps, on the theme of 'National Birds' are affixed to an exclusive Isle of Man First Day Cover, cancelled with a unique postmark for the first day of issue.


Price: £3.50

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Isle of Man Wildlife Presentation Pack
Isle of Man Wildlife Presentation Pack

Product Code: XC41
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

The ultimate collectable for all wildlife enthusiasts! This Presentation Pack includes a mint condition set of all ten of our Isle of Man Wildlife stamps, featuring the outstanding work of renowned wildlife artist Brian Liggins.


Price: £9.00

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Isle of Man Wildlife First Day Cover
Isle of Man Wildlife First Day Cover

Product Code: XC91
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

All ten stunningly colourful stamps from our Isle of Man Wildlife issue, featuring the spectacular work of Manx wildlife artist Brian Liggins, appear on this First Day Cover, cancelled with the first day of issue and accompanied by an illustrated information card telling you more about the diverse wildlife featured.


Price: £8.95

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Isle of Man Wildlife VVD Self Adhesive Set
Isle of Man Wildlife VVD Self Adhesive Set

Product Code: XC32
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

We are delighted to present our fourth variable value definitive stamps - Isle of Man Wildlife


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Isle of Man Wildlife VVD Self Adhesive First Day Cover
Isle of Man Wildlife VVD Self Adhesive First Day Cover

Product Code: XC93
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

The full set of Isle of Man Wildlife self adhesive stamps are displayed beautifully on this luxurious envelope. The set is cancelled with a special postmark for the date of issue.


Price: £5.90

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Isle of Man Wildlife Self Adhesive Booklet and Pane
Isle of Man Wildlife Self Adhesive Booklet and Pane

Product Code: XC71
Product Issue Date: 12th February 2019

A wallet-sized booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps each valid for the delivery of letter mail to the UK and within the Isle of Man.


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