New stamps raise awareness of our native bees

Thanks to An Post for helping drive awareness of the decline in our native bee species!

Four new €1 stamps designed by Dublin’s Design HQ, based on illustrations by botanical artist Shevaun Doherty, pay tribute to the hardest working insects on the planet and in particular Ireland’s native Bumble Bee, Heather Bee and rarer Tawny Mining and Ashy Mining bees. They are produced in an unusual hexagonal format mirroring the cell structure of a bee hive.

In 2015, Shevaun very kindly donated the image that we use for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan logo.

The stamps are available at main post offices, Dublin’s GPO and online at where you can get a beautiful mini-sheet of the four stamps and a unique first day cover envelope.