Puffins and Manx Shearwater are among the Lundy Island birdlife featured on the new stamp issue for the world’s oldest private postal service.

Famed for its puffins, Lundy is a magnet for both birds and birdwatchers as well as being one of the most important islands for seabirds in England. Today, some 35 species regularly breed on the island and historically, 70 different species are known to have raised chicks on Lundy. The island celebrating our rich variety of birds with our latest stamp issue on May 13, 2017.

Produced by Cartor Security Printing, in Meaucé, France, the new issue comprises five stamps – three landscape and two portrait – beautifully designed by North Devon artist Sharon Read in collaboration with this island’s philatelic adviser, Lars Liwendahl.

The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.

The featured birds and denominations are:

30 puffin: Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.

55 puffin: Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

70 puffin: Puffin Fratercula arctica

The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.

125 puffin: Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus

200 puffin: Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.

Derek Green, Lundy general manager, said: “Lundy operates the oldest private postal service in the world and since 1929, almost 350 different sets have been issued, some becoming very rare.

“The currency unit for Lundy stamps are ‘Puffins’, which equates to the British Penny and dates back to the days when puffins were in fact used as currency on Lundy”

The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.The new 2017 stamp issue at Lundy Island.

Lars Liwendahl, who advises the island on stamp issues, added: “Lundy has the oldest operational private postal service in the world and international collectors always eagerly await a new issue of Lundy stamps, these beautiful new images will further enhance Lundy’s worldwide reputation.”

Lundy stamps can be ordered by writing to: Lundy Postal Service, Lundy, Bristol Channel, Bideford, EX39 2LY