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Buckingham liberation site cancelled

Due to an increase in aircraft movements at Finmere airfield, Buckingham, we are no longer able to use the area as a liberation site.  The nearest alternative site is at Upper Heyford (4206.)       

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 […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

In preparation for the start of inland racing on Saturday 1st May, we have uploaded an updated version of the Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing. Before carrying out any multi-loft training or racing, individuals and organisations must read and adhere to the requirements of this updated code. Failure to do so […]

Pigeon Racing in Northern Ireland

In preparation for the 2021 season, guidance has been developed for clubs and organisations in Northern Ireland, and you may download this below.  You will then be able to access the following guidance: 1. Race Marking; 2. Clock Striking. Please note that if you are a convoying organisation the following documents are also relevant: 3. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Relocation of RPRA Headquarters

The RPRA HQ moved from The Reddings to temporary supported offices in late March. Our 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 post that has been sent to The Reddings will also […]

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 […]

Vaccinating your pigeons

Vaccination Code of Practice (RPRA Rules p29) In view of current social distancing rules, the requirement for the vaccination of pigeons to be witnessed by two association members has been relaxed. Wherever possible vaccination should be witnessed by family members or members of the same household. This will remain in place until the Government lifts […]