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Bird Matters

Read the ‘State of the UK’s Birds Report 2012’ – a comprehensive collaboration between organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Also see why the RSPB is said to be alienating rural folk with its protection of birds of […]

BBC ‘Pigeons in War’ Feature

Former RPRA General Manager, Peter Bryant, explains the contribution to the war effort made by carrier pigeons and their owners. Part of the BBC2 documentary series ‘How We Won The War’, shown in September/October 2012.

Carrier Pigeon Mystery on Topical TV News Show

Last week’s episode of BBC’s topical news quiz, Have I Got News For You, featured an item including the mystery of the dead carrier pigeon. Watch the episode here, and forward to just after 22 minutes in.          

Wreath laid for Pigeons lost in War

RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, laid a wreath at the Animals in War Memorial on Friday morning, in memory of the many thousands of carrier pigeons lost in war. The wreath laying was part of a service at the memorial in Park Lane, on the edge of Hyde Park, to commemorate the countless horses, mules, […]

War Horse to War Bird?

Author Michael Morpurgo, whose best known work – War Horse – was made into the Oscar nominated film, hinted on BBC Breakfast that his next book may be about a wartime carrier pigeon. Whether this was a throw-away comment or not remains to be seen! Watch the interview here.      

Young & Intermediate Fanciers YB Competition

The RPRA Young & Intermediate Fanciers’ Competition was held over the first and fourth weekends in August. To ensure fairness across the UK, the results were calculated by use of the coefficient system. The best performance in each group on each weekend, as defined by the coefficient, wins £50 cash donated by Brittany Ferries. The […]

Heather makes a name for herself

Young Heather Daves, daughter of the RPRA One Loft Manager Jeremy, appeared on both the BBC Breakfast feature on pigeon racing, and in her local press, talking about her love of the sport. She’s just 7 years old, but has been racing for the last two years, and has a small loft and her own […]

BBC Breakfast at the One Loft

Saturday morning’s edition of BBC Breakfast featured an item on Pigeon Racing, made when Mike Bushell visited the RPRA One Loft at Tewkesbury a couple of weeks ago. The weather was superb on the day, and we opened Mike’s eyes up with regard to Pigeon Racing. Raptor predation also got a significant mention. We demonstrated how Pigeon Racing works, […]

RPRA advises Bangladeshi Fanciers

A request for advice recently arrived at The Reddings from Ashikur Rahman of the Bangladesh Racing Pigeon Club. They have over 150 members flying races from 80 to 350 km, with between 300-900 birds per race. Their season runs from November to February. The RPRA were happy to give Ashik the requested support and advice, […]

Chloe’s over the moon!

Chloe Sherwood in Yeovil managed to get a free entry into the RPRA One Loft Race for her school, Ansford Academy, via the South West Region. She told us: “Guess what – when I looked on the schools’ result for Hotspot 1 we were actually 1st, winning £50 for my school! Our bird came 70th overall, 42 seconds behind […]