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25 August 2016

Jersey continues to explore its natural links with China

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Six species of waterfowl common to both Jersey and China will feature on the latest set of stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on Thursday 22 September. The stamps have been drawn by stamp artist Martin Mörck and painted by Wang Huming in Beijing, China, and they form the second part of a series exploring Jersey’s links with China.

“Jersey and China continue to develop their cultural and business relationships and this series of stamps is designed to explore certain aspects of simple everyday life that are the same between the two locations,” explains Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post. “The first issue in the series featured garden flowers and this year, we started to look at species of birds that are common to us both, eventually deciding to focus on waterfowl.”

Six stamps feature a tufted duck, northern pintail, mandarin, common shelduck, smew and mallard. Dr H. Glyn Young, Conservation Biologist at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust assisted Jersey Post’s philatelic researchers and explained: “Western Europe and most of China present two ends of the same geo-faunal region, the Palearctic and many species of waterfowl are common to both regions. Local variations and millions of years of climatic events mean that there will be some differences in certain habitats but with ducks, there are lots of similarities because some species are migratory and very adaptable.”

According to Mrs Gouzinis, Jersey’s Links with China stamps have been very well received amongst collectors all over the world and especially in China. Both Martin Mörck and Wang Huming are renowned stamp artists; Martin Mörck has designed stamps for around twenty different postal administrations, including China Post where Wang Huming is the Deputy Chief Designer. “Not only do collectors around the world recognise the subjects featured on the stamps,” she added, “the artists themselves are internationally respected and their stamps are very much sought after. We have worked very hard to understand the Chinese philatelic market and we are delighted to have more than doubled our collector database over the last year with the support of philatelic media and specialist representation.”

Jersey Post’s ‘Links with China – Waterfowl’ stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 22 September 2016. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, Souvenir Miniature Sheets, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey post office at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320. 

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