Bumble Bee & Puffins – EUROPA 2021 – Norway Golden FDC

The Theme for 2021 EUROPA Stamps is Endangered National Wildlife.

Norway issued two stamps on 23 April 2021 on EUROPA 21 theme. The Fauna featured is Puffin & Great Yellow Bumblebee. These are Europe 20g No Value Indicator stamps sold for NOK 27 on day of issue.

Recent years have seen a sharp decline in many bumblebee species in Europe and North America, due mainly to changes in agricultural methods over the past century. Three species of bumblebee are classified as endangered in Norway. Bumblebees play a crucial role in our ecosystems as they pollinate fruit and berries and transfer grains of pollen and genetic material to other plants.

In the 1990s, there were approximately two million breeding pairs of puffins in Norway, with a quarter of these found on the islands of Røst. Over the past two decades the numbers have gradually decreased due to a lack of food. The large shoals of herring fry that normally swim past the Røst islands during the hatching season are now absent due to overfishing. This, in turn, has reduced the reproductive success of puffins.