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RPRA National Awards 2022

The RPRA National Awards for 2022 have now been determined. As last year, the majority were decided by coefficient calculations, others by decision of the RPRA Council. The award winners are listed below – our congratulations to them all. The full list, including performances and calculations, can be seen here. The awards will be presented […]

GB23 Ring Orders

While all pre-ordered rings were dispatched at the beginning of December, it is not too late to order your GB23 rings, of course.  To order by post, click on the appropriate image below to download the form, and complete and send it to RPRA HQ with a cheque or postal order for the relevant payment. […]

New British Homing World website

The British Homing World magazine now has its own website and social media, featuring pigeon racing related articles from around the UK and beyond. The links are: www.britishhomingworld.com facebook.com/britishhomingworld twitter.com/bhwpigeons The British Homing World is the most popular pigeon racing weekly magazine in the UK with a weekly circulation of approximately 20,000 copies sold every […]

Harry stars in ‘We Are England’

‘We Are England’ on BBC1 North East & Cumbria on Friday evening featured young fancier Harry (9) from Newcastle. The programme followed his first pigeon racing season, as he learned about training and nurturing birds ahead of their first race.  You can watch the programme on the BBC iPlayer.    

Bird Flu – What Can You Do?

In recent news, Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre at Greta Bridge, County Durham, was told it will have to cull all of its 400 birds, including the macaws, parakeets, and finches, after volunteers found several dead or dying chickens and Guinea fowl. Defra was immediately informed, and two vets arrived the same day to perform post-mortems […]

Animals in War Memorial Service

RPRA President, Les Blacklock, and his wife Meryl attended the Animals in War memorial service which took place at the Memorial on Park Lane, London, on the 10th November. The service was well attended, with most animal charities represented. Pigeons were mentioned first in the eulogy, and several speakers also gave moving accounts of their […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

The Avian Influenza Code of Practice may be downloaded here.  The code is based on the legal requirements, and every member and organisation should read the document. In addition, it will provide clarity in respect of what can be done if your loft is situated within a disease control area.  To establish if your loft […]

Auction of One Loft 2022 Young Birds

The auction of the RPRA One Loft 2022 Young Birds ended on Sunday evening.  If you won one of the lots, you will have received an email giving details of how to pay, and once you have paid you will receive a further email with details of how to arrange for collection of your bird(s). […]

All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting

A meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pigeon Racing was held on Wednesday 19th October, chaired by Simon Mackown for Defra and attended by Les Blacklock, Chris Sutton, Richard Chambers and David Higgins (all representing the RPRA), Hazel Carter (Natural England), Chris Calow and Howard Jones (both RSPB), and Becca Blewett (Defra). The […]

Minibus still going strong

In 1998 Sylvia Smith of the Serve (Supporting Independence) organisation in Northamptonshire approached the BHW Show of the Year committee for assistance in purchasing a minibus, which was in service for 12 years. In April 2014 the Show of the Year helped to fund a replacement bus, and this second minibus is still going strong, […]