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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Updates

Keep up to date with the latest position on the current outbreak of avian flu at this page of the DEFRA website. The DEFRA helpline is 03459 335577. Update from the General Manager on 15th February 2017 In relation to bird flu the general advice to members hasn’t changed since the initial statement in December i.e. you […]

War relic in the HBFV Museum, Belgium

Jo Peeters, who runs the HBFV Musuem in Belgium, dedicated to the Belgian and French Resistance during World War II, tells us of a relic in their collection relating to carrier pigeon NURP 39 TTTI that delivered Message 37 to MI4 and the RAF on 12 July 1941. The basket containing the pigeon was dropped […]

Keelie is a big hit on BBC Newsround

Young fancier Keelie, from Northern Ireland, appeared in an item for BBC Newsround filmed at her home and following her to the BHW Show of the Year. Dad Eamon said: “BBC Newsround was a huge success with Keelie. The phone has not stopped and social media has gone mad. It’s a great report and advertisement […]

Sqn Ldr Ted takes two trophies

Trevor and Jeanette Griffith of Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, received both the Tony Cornwell and Selby Thomas Trophies at the RPRA Awards Presentations at Blackpool Winter Gardens, thanks to their blue cock ‘Sqn Ldr Ted’. The bird is named after Trevor’s late father, Squadron Leader Ted Griffith DFC & Bar RAF. Trevor told us: “Ted, who […]

Pigeon Racing on BBC4’s Timeshift

Pigeon racing featured heavily in BBC4’s Timeshift programme “Flights of Fancy: Pigeons and the British” on Tuesday evening. Narrated by Miles Jupp, the fascinating programme ventured “inside places of sporting achievement, scientific endeavour and male obsession – the lofts of pigeon fanciers – to tell the story of a remarkable bird. As racer, messenger and even […]

Booking of RPRA liberation sites

To avoid jeopardising official RPRA liberation sites all liberations MUST be booked and paid for through RPRA HQ. This includes Race Programmes, Open Races, One Loft Races and Training Tosses. Please ensure 2017 Inland & Continental Race Programmes are completed on official forms and returned prior to the 1st March as per Rule 129: “All federations, […]

FCI Olympiad 2017 results

The results from the FCI Olympiad 2017 are now published. Click on the image to download the booklet. Our congratulations to the British representatives: John Booth Crehan & O’Connor B & K Hawes Morris & Booker Derek Nicholls Owen, Joesbury & Son Rimmington & Wright Wolfenden & O’Neill JR Woods        

New All Party Parliamentary Pigeon Racing Group

The All Party Parliamentary Pigeon Racing Group held its inaugural meeting on 22nd November in the House of Commons. The new group, chaired by Chris Davis MP (Conservative, Brecon & Radnorshire) aims to raise the profile of this historic national pastime among politicians and ensure the voices of over 40,000 active pigeon racers in the […]

BHW Show of the Year 2017

The 45th annual BHW Show of the Year – and the 40th anniversary of the first show to be held at Blackpool – took place last weekend. The largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the UK descended on the Winter Gardens for the two-day event that has something for everyone, whether you are a veteran […]

Free BHW and Blackpool Special

This week’s edition of the British Homing World magazine, and a Blackpool Show Special issue, are both available to view free online. Click on the appropriate image to view the relevant issue.