The stamp comes from the Post &
Go pictorial Faststamps series of Freshwater Life. The series will feature
some of the fish, amphibians and invertebrates that live in the UK's ponds,
lakes and rivers over a set of three issues. Ponds is the first issue in
the series which is released on 22 February 2013, followed by Lakes (issued
on 20 June) and then Rivers (on 20 September).
The first issue of the series has
six designs: Lesser Silver Water Beetle (Hydrochara Caraboides), Three-Spined
Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), Smooth Newt (Lissotriton Vulgaris),
Fairy Shrimp (Chirocephalus diaphanous), Emperor Dragonfly (Anax Imperator),
and Glutinous Snail (Myxas Glutinosa).
Post & Go terminals allow customers
to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and
stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine
was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2008.
The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around
the country, and from the Hytech machines at Spring Stampex.
The labels can be obtained with 6
different service indicators: 1st class up to 100g & 1st class Large
up to 100g, Europe up to 20g, Worldwide up to 10g and 20g, and the new
Worldwide 40g. The stamps are dispensed singly or in strips of up
to 5 of the same value or various values. Thus there are 36 different value/design
combinations in total.