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One Loft Race 2017 Hot Spot 2

The RPRA One Loft Race young birds were liberated from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, at 0900 this morning, into a brisk WSW wind. (Distance: 88 miles 338 yards.) 556 of the 919 birds were back by 11.30am, and the provisional result is below. Jeremy will upload the full result on the One Loft website in due course.    […]

Liberations near Airfields

Following the complaint that we received from the station at RAF Leeming in March, we have received a further complaint of airfields not being notified of liberations.  In accordance with RPRA Rules (Page 28 of the 2017 Rule Book), liberations within 13km of airports require notification to the aerodrome authority or air traffic controller at least […]

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.