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Used postage stamps

We'll take any stamps - 1st class, 2nd class, foreign, rare or common!

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Help us stamp out albatross deaths by giving us your used postage stamps - we can convert them to cash. In 2014/15 your stamps helped us raise £13,000! Please help us raise even more this year.

So, how does it work?

We sell the stamps on. Each stamp has a small value, but in large quantities they're still valuable. When you send in your stamps, you're helping give albatrosses a brighter future. For example, £50 worth of stamp sales will buy a tori-line (bird scaring device) for a longline fishing vessel.

The stamp scheme works in two ways:

  • Loose used stamps: we work with a stamp dealer who pays us for all the stamps we receive in donations, and they can be worth up to £20 per kg for sorted stamps. Please send loose stamps directly to the dealer, pre-sorted into UK and foreign, please.
  • We ask that stamp albums, first day covers and rare stamps (pre-1970) are sent to us in the Community Fundraising Department at The Lodge. We will send to a specialist auction house to achieve the best price we can. If you send us your details in the package then we can let you know how much they raise.

Do I need to take the stamp off the envelope?

Yes please - just tear off the corner with the stamp, ideally with no more than a quarter of an inch border.

How can I send in my stamps?

There are a number of ways that you can send in stamps:

  • Send loose stamps to: RSPB Stamps, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9XT. Please note, this is the address of our stamp warehouse, not an RSPB office, so please do not send any non-stamp related correspondence  or donations - to this address.
  • If you have first day covers, stamp albums or rare stamps, please send them to: Save the Albatross Stamp Appeal (Special Stamps and Albums), RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Beds, SG19 2DL. Please do not send loose stamps here.
  • If you have a large number of stamps, you might like to consider combining delivering them with a visit to one of our nature reserves. Combine fabulous wildlife, a visit to the countryside and help albatrosses all in one go. You are also welcome to drop them off at one of our offices. See the links (right) for designated 'drop off' points. 

Other drop off points are: 

  • The RSPB Newcastle Office: 1 Sirius House, Amethyst Road, Newcastle Business Park, NE4 7YL 
  • Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, G3 8AG

 Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, we are unable to collect stamps from you.