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Postage Stamps to Commemorate the Žuvintas Reserve

Oct 31, 2013

On Saturday to come, January 19, Lithuania Post will release a souvenir sheet with three stamps from the series “Humans and Nature”.

In the new stamps the artist Greta Gruzdaitytė has depicted the red fox, bearded tit, and the endangered moorland spotted orchid.   

Each stamp has a nominal value of LTL 3. The souvenir sheet “The Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve” will be issued in the edition of 20 000 copies. Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be released.

On the day of release, postal correspondence paid by the stamps from this souvenir sheet will be marked by the special first day cancellation.

The Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve is the first Lithuanian site included into the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves. The reserve is located in the southern part of Lithuania, the south-western edge of physical-geographical region of the plateau of the Nemunas middle course and the lower course of the River Neris. It comprises the Žuvintas and Amalva wetland complexes, the forest of Bukta located at the western part of the Žuvintas Reserve, and the Lake of Žaltytis along with nearby swampy areas.

This is one of the richest territories of Lithuania being exclusive for a diverse and unique nature complex. The territory also gives shelter for rare and endangered flora and fauna species as well as communities of wet meadows that are now rare in Lithuania.

The name of Žuvintas became famous because of birds. Numerous birds of the lake attracted investigators already since the 19th century. Almost 227 species of birds have been observed in the Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve since 1980. Out of them, 153 species used to breed or are breeding here. The Lake of Žuvintas is called “the cradle of Lithuanian swans” as the mute swan has spread from here to other Lithuanian lakes.

Lithuania Post issues 25-30 postage stamps on a yearly basis. Lithuania Post provides postal, courier, and financial intermediation services.