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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Latest

Keep up to date with the latest position on avian influenza at this page of the gov.uk website  Previous update – 5th May 2017 Unfortunately an outbreak of Avian Infleunza was confirmed at a farm in Wyre, Lancashire on 4th May 2017.  The following is the latest advice provided by DEFRA in respect of this […]

Updated liberation site map

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download. Click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format.          

Young Fancier Award 2017

Applications are invited for the RPRA Young Fancier Award 2017. We have a prize fund of £1,200 for Young Fanciers, split £600 for mainland UK and £600 for Ireland. The prizes will be in three bands – 1st £300; 2nd £200; 3rd £100. The conditions for the award are as follows: – The award will be […]

2017 Ring List and Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2017 Ring Distribution List and Rule Book are both now available to download by clicking on the appropriate image below. (Hard copies will also be available from RPRA HQ at The Reddings soon.)              

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Updates

Update 5th April 2017 The Protection/Surveillance zones around Wyre, Redgrave and Haltwhistle have been lifted. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SURVEILLANCE/PROTECTION ZONES IN FORCE IN THE UK. ———————————————————————————————- Update from the General Manager 20th March 2017 AVIAN INFLUENZA AND PIGEONS – EXERCISING, SHOWING, SALES, TRAINING AND RACING  The following guidance provides clarity for pigeon fanciers on […]

Airshow Calendar 2017

In addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, we are now approaching the season when many airfields around the country hold local air shows. With increased summer flight activity and the pigeon season we would ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra […]

Forgive or not? Confession on the Simon Mayo Show

BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo Drivetime Show last Thursday featured a ‘Confession’ from a listener who had found a stray racing pigeon. Would you forgive or not? Listen to the confession and make up your own mind, and then see what the BBC crew thought. Audio Clip 1: The Confession Audio Clip 2: The BBC […]

Liberations near Airfields

We received a complaint from the station at RAF Leeming on 7th March 2017. A pigeon fancier released two crates of pigeons on the bridge across the A1 – next to the airfield. The RAF has confirmed that in future the vehicle registration details will be reported to the Police. In accordance with RPRA Rules […]