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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 all around the country hold air shows.             With increased summer flight activity and the pigeon season we would ask all fanciers living within the […]

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 […]

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Updates

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 the implications of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For those fanciers whose pigeons are kept […]

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 […]

6 Digit Ring Numbers

Due to unforeseen circumstances the GB 2017 rings issued to the National Flying Club and Midlands National Flying Club have six digits following the letter, e.g. GB 17 Z 012345. The RPRA Council has agreed special dispensation allowing the first digit ‘0’ to be removed from entry sheets and exemption from recording the full ring […]

Advice on vaccinating against Paramyxovirus

Paramyxovirus – making sure you use only authorised vaccines: Advice from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) We understand that many of you at this time of year will have vaccinated, or are about to vaccinate, your pigeons against paramyxovirus, which can significantly harm their health. To clear up any confusion about the vaccines you should […]

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 […]