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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 […]

Relocation of RPRA Headquarters

The RPRA HQ moved from The Reddings to supported offices in late March. Our contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same, and our new postal address is: BizSpace Corinium House Corinium Avenue Barnwood Gloucester GL4 3HX Update 01/08/21: The postal forwarding from The Reddings has now ended and any further post sent to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]