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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 […]

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.          

Vaccinating against Paramyxovirus

We understand that many of you at this time of year will have vaccinated or are about to vaccinate your pigeons against paramyxovirus. Paramyxovirus can significantly harm a pigeon’s health. Pigeon paramyxovirus infection is a notifiable disease. That means if you suspect your pigeon is infected you must tell the Animal and Plant Health Agency […]

RPRA One Loft Auction 2020

The auction of RPRA One Loft Race 2020 Young Birds has now ended. Congratulations if you won one of the lots. You will receive an e-mail giving details of how to pay, and how to make arrangements for collection of your bird from the loft. Please note that – if you are not entering your […]

Menagerie by Kate McGwire

Members may recall an appeal by sculptor Kate McGwire back in 2014 for white feathers to help with a large piece she was working on, and some of you have been sending her feathers ever since. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bird Garden at Harewood House in West Yorkshire, Kate has been […]