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One Loft Race 2017 Hot Spot 1

The RPRA One Loft Race young birds were liberated from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, at 0815 this morning, into a light NW wind and sunshine. (Distance: 70 miles 588 yards.) 855 of the 933 birds were home by 11.00am and the provisional result is below. Jeremy will upload the full result on the One Loft website in due […]

Liberation sites maps available

Updated versions of the UK and Continental liberation site maps (A3 size) may be purchased from The Reddings at a cost of £1 per map plus £1 postage for up to 4 maps. Please note that these are now separate maps, as opposed to the previous joint map. On the reverse of each is a […]

Guy Barrett OBE

It is with deep regret we have to report that Past President of the RPRA and FCI, Guy Barrett OBE, passed away on Friday 21st July. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the age of 92. Fellow RPRA Past President, David Higgins, said: “Guy was without doubt the greatest ambassador for the sport […]

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 […]

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.  

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 […]