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RPRA One Loft Race Hot Spot 2 & Revised Prize Fund

Hot Spot 2 took place today from Worksop (103 miles 1210 yards). 595 birds were liberated at 11.00am into sunny conditions, flying into a light SW headwind, and cleared great online.  Jeremy’s estimate of 2.5 hours was almost spot on – the first birds arrived at 1.24pm, and the top 10 is below. Click on […]

Stray Birds

Helping each other to keep down costs and encourage positive public relations Now that the young bird season has begun, I would like to remind our members that there are rules governing the repatriation of our birds, and the most important is the wing stamp or telephone number on a ring. By abiding by these rules, a […]

RPRA One Loft Race Hot Spot 1

Hot Spot 1 took place today from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, a distance of 70 miles 613 yards. The 637 birds were liberated at 11.00am, and they cleared in one group online. The first batch arrived back at 12.37pm, and over 300 were back within 30 minutes. The top 10 is below. Click on the image to […]

Liberation Sites – Maximum Daily Vehicle Limits and Pre-Booking

There are a large number of RPRA liberation sites with a maximum daily vehicle limit or that require pre-booking. These conditions are set by the site authorities and it is very important that they are adhered to, otherwise the sites will be withdrawn. The daily vehicle limit must not be exceeded, and sites requiring pre-booking […]

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New Rule 238 – ETS Master Systems

Following the update on new Rule 238 below, clock setters please be aware that the scheduled annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF service to allow safe working on the masts and antennas is taking place from today until Friday 7th July. The service will be off air from 8am until 6pm each day, including weekends. […]

Text-based stray reporting facility

A reminder that you can now report a stray GB-rung racing pigeon by SMS text message. You just need to format your message as, for example: ‘GB22L12345 injured’ and text this to 07888 860186. Within a few seconds you will receive a text back giving confirmation of the reported ring number and phone/email contact details for […]

Free RPRA Results Software

The RPRA rolled out a new results software in 2020, which is free to all member organisations. Since that time over 650 organisations have taken advantage of the opportunity. To obtain your club’s free copy please e-mail [email protected], quoting your club name and number, to be added to the installation process. Each organisation requires a […]

Dementia Action Week Race

Copeland Memory Matters and Later Life Group (NHS) decided, along with Age UK, to hold a pigeon race to support Dementia Action Week 2023. This was the sixth such race in the last seven years. A good turn out of service users, carers, staff and social workers gathered on the harbour at Whitehaven, at lunchtime, […]

Additional Loft Location Method Available

A third method of plotting your loft location was approved by the RPRA Council at the Annual General Meeting in February. As used in applying for a CPH number, Defra’s Magic Map may now be used to map your loft in either OS Colour Mapping or Aerial Photography modes. In the same way as Google […]