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Young Fanciers needed for TV programme

ITV hit show Little Big Shots, hosted by Dawn French, is looking for pigeon fanciers aged 3 to 13 to appear on the show being filmed in October/November 2017.  The programme is not a competition, it’s simply a chance to showcase your skills and knowledge. Click on the image right for further details of how […]

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Latest

Keep up to date with the latest position on avian influenza at this page of the gov.uk website  Update 5th July 2017 The restrictions that were in place due to the outbreak of Avian Influenza in Diss, Norfolk have been removed today. This means that lofts located within the 10km zone around the outbreak are […]

CLIC Sargent Pigeon Race for Young Lives

A race featuring birds from clubs across the UK will take place from Coutances in northern France on Saturday 2nd September to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month. The ‘Pigeon Race for Young Lives’ is a sponsored race offering an exciting opportunity to win prizes while raising money to help CLIC Sargent to stop cancer from […]

The future of pigeon racing?

The Yorkshire Post looks at the future of pigeon racing, including an interview with fancier Simon Schofield who discusses the impact of raptor attacks. Read the article by clicking on the image right.      

Racing Pigeons on Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities

Series 4 of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities programme began on UKTV Channel W last night. Episode 2 began with a feature on how racing pigeons find their way home by using a variety of tools including the sun, the earth’s magnetic fields and memorising roads, rivers etc. Hopefully the episode will be available to […]

BBC Look North on Raptors

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) asks: “Is a growing population of birds of prey in Yorkshire’s cities putting the future of pigeon racing under threat?” See the related article on the BBC website.  

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 […]