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Case No: C1/2008/0612
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE
COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
ON APPEAL FROM QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
THE ADMINISTRATIVE COURT
MR. JUSTICE MITTING
 EWHC 475 (Admin)
Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
LORD JUSTICE PILL
LORD JUSTICE RIX
LADY JUSTICE ARDEN
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Ten endangered British insects will feature on a new series of Royal Mail postage stamps to be issued on Tuesday. The insects, which range from the stag beetle to the Adonis blue butterfly, and from the red-barbed ant to the hazel pot beetle, have been photographed from the collection in the Natural History Museum in London, which has 28 million specimens.
As Royal Mail flaunted its green credentials with a new set of stamps featuring endangered insects yesterday, a conservation charity offered up a similar set highlighting the plight of insects that it says are threatened by one of the postal service's developments.
Buglife, or the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, also announced its intention to go to the Court of Appeal to challenge the development of a depot and lorry park for Royal Mail on marshland in Essex. In February, the High Court rejected Buglife's attempt to stop the building work at West Thurrock Marshes in Essex.
A new Royal Mail distribution centre could be built in Thurrock. The proposed site in Oliver Road, would be partly demolished to make way for office space and a unit for vehicle maintenance. The plans have been backed by Thurrock Council.
A warehouse can be built on one of the three most important sites for rare insects in Britain, even though alternatives were "barely considered", the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Insect conservation charity Buglife launched a judicial review against the grant of planning permission for the site in Thurrock, Essex. The land, in the Thames Gateway redevelopment area, had been partly occupied by a power station.
Britain bangs on to other countries about looking after nature, but it seems hell-bent on destroying its own most protected species. Last week, the court of appeal judged that the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation had the right to build on marshland near the river Thames - land rated as one of the three most important sites for endangered wildlife in the country, with 17 protected species. This was triply depressing for conservation.