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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 […]

Pigeon racing and raptor nest boxes

On the 5th February 2021 a meeting took place between the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pigeon Racing – Craig Williams MP for Montgomeryshire, DEFRA minister and senior DEFRA officials. At this meeting the APPG Chair raised the issues we are experiencing with the rising bird of prey population, and specifically the […]

RPRA Membership and Insurance 2021

In March 2019 we reported on the launch of a new club insurance scheme (click the link to read about it), with the cost of the initial year’s policy being covered by the RPRA from existing reserves. From 2020 we have had to pass that cost on to members: membership fees remain at £10, but […]

Registration of NWHU Rings

With effect from 22nd February 2019 all rings issued by the North West Homing Union (NWHU) that are raced or shown under RPRA rules have to be registered with the RPRA by 1st April. This follows the decision taken by the RPRA council that all rings issued by unions that are not members of the […]

Training and Racing Update

We are sure that everyone is following the updates in relation to Covid 19 and Avian Influenza restrictions, to try and get an indication as to when pigeon racing may commence. The devolved Governments provided an update last week, and now that the Prime Minister has provided his initial road map out of lockdown we […]

French Low Emission Zones

The following information is up to date as at 8th February 2020. Please visit the website within the information below for updates. Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are areas where the most polluting vehicles are regulated. Usually this means that vehicles with higher emissions cannot enter the area. In some low emission zones the more polluting […]

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 2021 Inland & Continental Race Programmes are completed on official forms and returned to RPRA HQ by Monday 1st March, along with a […]

Online BHW Show of the Year 2021

In the absence of the real thing, we held an online BHW Show of the Year 2021 over the weekend. There were virtual trade stands, an online charity auction, and fanciers entered 474 birds in 10 classes. The birds were judged online and the results are here. Our congratulations to all of the winners – […]

RPRA Awards 2020

Due to the current lockdown conditions, the RPRA Awards for 2020 had to be presented virtually, and the presentations were filmed for the YouTube video below:  The award winners are as follows – our congratulations to them all: Adult Short Distance 1st Place – Selby Thomas Memorial Trophy, Medallion and £100: Ron Williamson, Newry – GB18E05350 […]

A Message from the FCI President

As 2020 nears an end Istvan Bardos, the President of the Federation Colombophile Internationale (FCI) – the world governing body for pigeon racing – has issued a message to all member organisations and fanciers. Click on the image right to read the message.