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Vote for your favourite carrier pigeon message – result

Our friends at Henry Bragg sent us an appeal to pass on to our members: exhibition visitors at Interface with Neo Artists were asked to write or draw the last message from their mobile device and pin to the gallery wall. Henry Bragg whittled it down to the chosen few below and asked our members to […]

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RPRA Chief Executive on Pigeon Radio Australia

RPRA Chief Executive, Ian Evans, yesterday spoke at length to Pigeon Radio Australia. They discussed the work the RPRA has carried out in promoting the sport in schools, the recent parliament pigeon race, and the future of the sport in general. Click on the image to go to the podcast of the show (and forward […]

Open Race from Ypres to Commemorate WW1 Centenary

On Saturday 14th July, the RPRA Cumbria Region will be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 with an Open Race from Ypres. Pigeon fanciers within the Cumbria Region want to recognise the sacrifice that the armed forces took in the First World War and the bravery of the homing pigeons involved. Carrier pigeons played […]

A recent look at how pigeons find their way home

The BBC last week aired an updated programme on how pigeons find their way home. An episode from 2008 “finds Lionel Kelleway discovering the biology behind pigeon migration with Oxford University’s Chris Armstrong. Starting their recording at the University’s Wytham Field Station Lionel meets some of the pigeons used in the study which far from […]

Fly By Night – remembering WW1 pigeons

US artist Duke Riley created Fly By Night to “pay beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes: the military pigeons that played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.” Displaying over the River Thames for three days in June, the epic outdoor work saw over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies in […]

Pigeons in War on Channel 4 News

Last night’s news on Channel 4 featured an item on pigeons in war, including Jon Snow interviewing the RPRA Development Officer Richard Chambers. Project 14-18 has been working with artist Duke Riley to develop a visual project that will raise awareness of the pigeon in war. A loft has been built in London (see below) […]

Lords v Commons Pigeon Race

On Wednesday 14th June the RPRA released 543 birds from Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes at the first Lords v Commons pigeon race since 1928. Each pigeon was designated to an MP or Peer. Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pigeon Racing Group, Chris Davies MP, was in attendance along with Iain Stewart, MP for […]

Royal Lofts on BBC Countryfile

The Royal Lofts were featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday evening, 10th June, in a Royal Special on Sandringham. Click the image to watch the episode on BBC iPlayer. (Forward to 36:21 for the item on the Royal Lofts.)  

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 purchased from The Reddings at […]

New General Data Protection Regulation

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force today, Friday 25th May 2018, and we now have a greater responsibility to ensure the personal data we hold on members is accurate, securely stored and only used for the purpose of pigeon racing administration. Club Secretaries – please see the attached notice of guidelines […]