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SGS110 Food £0.70 Se-tenant Pair: Stamp mint

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70p Introduced food - Reindeer

The 1800’s saw an itinerant wave of sealers and merchant adventurers coming to the island, leaving little evidence of their work other than the occasional tripot and beaches devoid of fur and elephant seals. The establishment of the first whaling station at Grytviken in 1904 brought not only the destructive force of newly mechanised whale catchers, it also brought men with a taste for the flavours of home. Reindeer from Norway were introduced by Carl Anton Larsen in 1911 and thrived on the meagre grasslands on the north coast of South Georgia. In time, their numbers swelled significantly causing untold damage to ground nesting birds and distributing weed seeds as they roamed the island unchecked by predation.

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