Today Royal Mail has issued a second set of pictorial stamps for Post & Go machines. Once again they feature commonly seen British birds, illustrated by Robert Gillmor.
The series will continue in May with a third set featuring birds seen in or around the UK’s rivers, lakes and ponds, and in September with a fourth and final set featuring birds seen around the UK’s coast. The first set was issued in September 2009.
Birds of Britain is the first series of pictorial stamps issued by Post & Go terminals, a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels.
Initially these pictorial Post & Go stamps are available from Post & Go terminals in 30 branches with subsequent sets being available from all Post & Go terminals.
The first Post & Go machine was installed at The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2007; since then over 170 terminals have been installed in around 100 branches.
Two First Day of Issue postmarks are available. Royal Mail says all first day covers posted at the Post Office counter will be cancelled with the Bristol birds nest pictorial postmark regardless of where they are posted.
The Map of Britain postmark is only available from Tallents House (Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB).
Location of Post & Go machines selling Birds of Britain pictorial stamps
East of England
Stevenage – 22-23 Westgate, Stevenage, SG1 1QR
Cambridge – 9-11 St Andrew Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
Southend-on-Sea – 199-201 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 1LL
Colchester – 68-70 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX
Castle Mall, Norwich – 84-85 Castle Meadow Walk, Castle Mall, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Milton Keynes – 17-19 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH
Luton – The Arndale Centre, 42-44 Smith Lane, Luton, LU1 2LP
Old St – 205 Old Street, London, EC1V 9QN
Trafalgar Sq – 24-28 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DL
Croydon – 10 High Street, Croydon, CR9 1HT
City of London – 12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ
Baker St – 111 Baker Street, London, W1U 6SG
Paddington Quay – Unit 6, West End Quay, 4 Praed Street, London, W2 1JE
Nottingham – Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BN
Walsall – Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1AA
Birmingham – 1 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AA
Durham – 33 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RE
York – 22 Lendal, York, YO1 8DA
Grimsby – 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1AA
Harrogate – 11 Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1AA
Corn Exchange, Liverpool – India Building, ‘Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RR
Belfast – 12 – 16 Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 1LT
Glasgow – 47 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QX
Edinburgh – 8-10 St James Centre, Edinburgh, EH1 3SR
Portsmouth – Slindon Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
Truro – High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AP
Plymouth – 5 St Andrews Cross, St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1AB
The Galleries, Bristol – Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XX
Exeter – 28 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ
Cardiff – 45-46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY
The Post & Go stamps are also available from the Royal Mail website.