The work of Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers and The Macclesfield RSPB Local Group collecting stamps to help vital international conservation work protecting Albatrosses has been given a boost by a local school. Pupils at Bosley St.Marys Primary School have been collecting used stamps thanks to the hard work of Recycling Officers Oliver Carter and Sam Brunt.
The RSPB hopes to stamp out albatross deaths by converting used postage stamps into cash. Each loose stamp has a small value, but in large quantities they’re still valuable. The RSPB can also convert donations of stamp albums, first day covers and rare stamps (pre 1970) into funds for this important conservation work.In 2012/13 used stamps helped The RSPB raise an incredible £17,000.
Fifteen out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. The main threat to albatrosses is death at the end of a hook on a fishing long-line. Working closely with BirdLife International partners in the Southern Ocean, The RSPB are working to stop the needless slaughter of these amazing birds and bring them back from the brink of extinction.
In support of the campaign Sarah Kennedy, BBC Radio 2 presenter said, “Not many people will be fortunate enough to see an albatross, but everyone can take a role in trying to help them. If everyone could be encouraged to send in their stamps to the appeal, these birds would have a brighter future. The RSPB sells stamps to dealers and an auction house. For example, £50 will buy a tori-line (bird scaring device) for a longline fishing vessel”.
Donations of stamps can be made at any local RSPB meetings.