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Bird Flu Updates

Changes to the Bird Gatherings General Licences in England From 12pm on 26 April 2024 gatherings of all columbiforme birds (pigeons) are permitted in England provided you: follow and meet all the requirements of the captive bird gathering general licence notify APHA of the gathering at least 7 days before the event. Mixed gatherings of poultry […]

2024 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2024 Rule Book is now available to download by clicking on the image below.   Please note: We are no longer able to produce a Ring List under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.                  

Happy Retirement, Julia!

RPRA Office Manager, Julia Field, retired on Friday after more than 10 years with the Association. She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the RPRA and will especially miss all the people. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful gifts and for sending me off in style”. We wish Julia all the […]

Airshow Calendar 2024

As the season approaches, a reminder that in addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, members need to be aware of the airshow season. Airshows bring increased summer flight activity, and we ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra vigilant when exercising […]

Captive Bird Registration with APHA

Registration of your birds with Defra New measures to better protect the poultry sector from future avian influenza outbreaks have been set out by the government today (19 March). Under the changes announced, there will be new requirements for all bird keepers – regardless of the size of their flock – to officially register their […]

RPRA Drug Testing Programme 2024

Council of the RPRA has approved drug testing for the 2024 season The RPRA now uses a UK-based laboratory for its drug testing programme. The process is detailed within Appendix G of the RPRA Rules, and includes the following: • Only trained personnel will be able to carry out sample collections on behalf of the […]

Annual General Meeting 2024

The 128th Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association was held at the Leonardo Hotel (East Midlands Airport) on Friday 23rd February. The minutes of the meeting and the annual accounts may be downloaded below. Chris Sutton CEO Download: AGM Minutes  Download: Annual Accounts 2022-23  

Membership Levy 2024

As I said in my last report, the RPRA has been underfunded for many years and has been subsidised by the sales of the BHW. Due to the nature of the publishing business and the drop in membership leading to an equal drop in the circulation numbers of the BHW, that subsidy has faltered to […]

CEO’s Annual Report 2024

You can read CEO Chris Sutton’s annual report, presented at the Annual General Meeting on 23rd February, below. Download: CEO’s Annual Report 2024          

Booking of RPRA liberation sites

To avoid jeopardising official RPRA liberation sites all liberations MUST be booked and paid for through RPRA HQ. This includes Race Programmes, Open Races, One Loft Races and Training Tosses. Please ensure that 2024 Inland & Continental Race Programmes are completed on official forms and returned to RPRA HQ by Friday 1st March, along with […]