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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh – Pigeon Release

Pigeon fanciers from all over the UK released 10 pigeons from various towns and cities at 12 noon on Saturday, in honour of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  RPRA Development Officer, Richard Chambers, streamed a live liberation from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire – the site of the Lichfield City tribute.  The following video […]

EU Animal Health Regulations – Channel Racing

The following has been provided as an update by a representative of the Export Team at Defra:  A meeting took place on Tuesday 13th April between Defra and the Commission. On the long list of agenda items was the impact of the New Animal Health regulations on channel racing. Defra have now followed this with […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

In anticipation and preparation that racing will commence in the very near future, we wish to take this opportunity to remind club secretaries of the requirements to inform the APHA of the location and details of gatherings (race marking) at least seven days in advance. Given that the race season would have normally started by […]

2022 BHW Show of the Year update

Following the decision not to hold a Show in 2021 due to the possibility of increasing the spread of Coronavirus and the subsequent Government ban on gatherings, you will be aware the committee took the decision to hold a virtual show last January. The event – which was probably the first of its kind in […]

Covid-19 Racing Guidance for 2021

The following information has been emailed to English clubs/organisations on 3rd April 2021. If for any reason your secretary has not received the communication, please bring the content to their attention. Guidance for Scottish, Welsh and Irish organisations will follow in due course. Dear Secretary, In preparation for the 2021 season, guidance has been developed […]

Racing from France into Ireland

Further to my recent communication in relation to the new animal health laws and the impact on channel racing, I wish to provide an update specific to to our members in Ireland. It is my understanding that due to the nature of the Brexit agreement, the issues relating to transporting racing pigeons for the purpose […]

New auctions on our auction site

The latest auctions on our dedicated auction site, featuring Paul Newbold’s auction in aid of the NHS and Emergency Services, and a Futurity Sale for the North Midlands Continental Club, have now ended. Congratulations if you won one of the lots. You will receive an e-mail giving details of how to pay, and once you […]

Contacting the RPRA

Under the current circumstances, a number of staff are working from home and a couple are on furlough. The way you contact us has therefore changed.  Below is an updated list of contacts. It is best to use e-mail if you can, and to call only if you cannot e-mail. In any case, please do […]

Updated liberation site maps

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. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

Relocation of RPRA Headquarters

The RPRA is currently moving from The Reddings, and it is highly likely that there will be some interruption to services until we are settled.  Contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same, and our new postal address for the time being will be: BizSpace Corinium House Corinium Avenue Barnwood Gloucester GL4 3HX Any […]