Thursday 7 April 2022

Migratory Birds, 10 x 1st class - 7 April 2022

It's three years almost to the day* since Royal Mail last issued a set of stamps on the bird theme, and this time they specifically feature migrating birds.  

From Royal Mail's write-up:

This ten-stamp set on Migratory Birds explores the spring and summer bird visitors to the UK. Bird migration is the annual, seasonal movement of birds along predefined routes between their breeding and
non-breeding grounds.

The ten featured birds have been illustrated in detail by the Irish ornithologist, Killian Mullarney and the set showcases the diversity of migratory birds that all arrive in the UK; from seabirds that migrate along the UK’s coastline, such as the Arctic Skua and Arctic Tern, to the exceptionally rare bird of prey, Montagu’s Harrier.

10 x 1st class stamps - 95p each when issued.
Row 1: Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus; Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula hypoleuca; Swift - Apus apus; Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava; Arctic Skua - Stercorarius parasiticus;
Row 2:
Stone-curlew - Burhinus oedicnemus; Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea; Swallow - Hirundo rustica; Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur;  Montagu’s Harrier - Circus pygargus.

Technical detail

Illustrated by Killian Mullarney and designed by hat-trick the 41x30 mm stamps are litho printed by Cartor Security Printers in sheets of 50 with conventional gum, perforated 14½ x 14.

Other products

First Day Cover, presentation pack, stamp cards, framed set.

(* As I had to check the catalogues to make sure of my facts on this, readers may be interested to know that the 4 April 2019 Birds of Prey issue is 21 pages back in the SG GB Concise catalogue which only covers issues to March 2021!)


  1. The April RM Philatelic Bulletin has just dropped through my letterbox - clearly held back until the above issue was no longer embargoed. One interesting snippet on the back page - the Unsung Heroes Women of World War II issue on 5 May includes a PSB - and pane three has 2x50p, 3x£1 stamps, which suggests that definitives will continue to be included in PSBs. If so, the layout will be interesting (2,1,2 in three rows?).

    1. Loughboroughlad12 April 2022 at 08:06

      It sounds like they will be barcoded stamps if its a pane of 5, that still fits comfortably in a PSB.

    2. Will be interesting to see whether they are gummed or self-adhesive.

    3. No more comments on the next issue!
      We have this general 2022 Programme post for that, until 28 April when I will publish details of the Women of World War II issue.

    4. I don't think the RM website know about the embargo - the next issue is now being advertised there.

  2. A pair of those migrating birds nesting in our garden is more likely than seeing one of the stamps used on an envelope to us.

  3. For people who order items from the RM Stocklist, a new version (dated April 2022) is available on the 2022 Stamp Calendar page ( One thing I noticed which might be of interest to some: non-barcoded Machins will be taken off-sale on 28 May 2022.


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