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Bird Flu Updates

01/06/23: AIPZ in Northern Ireland In Northern Ireland, the most recent Veterinary Risk Assessment (VRA) has concluded that the risk of notifiable avian influenza incursion into the NI poultry flock is low. However, this does not mean there is no risk. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) and ban on poultry gatherings which has been […]

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 […]

Updated liberation site maps

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download – click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

New look tabloid British Homing World out now

A new revamped British Homing World – the weekly journal of the RPRA – has been launched this week. With a refreshed layout and larger text size, which is easier to read, it has a much more professional and up-to-date look. The size has also changed to tabloid. There is the same topical news from […]

New Rule 238 – ETS Master Systems

The RPRA Clock Committee held a zoom meeting on 20th April 2023 with regard to Rule 238 and our members who are using the TauRIS ETS system, which is awaiting a firmware update. The committee upheld rule 238 and advised TauRIS users to connect to an alternative ETS master system which has the facility to […]

Channel Racing 2023

Documents required for channel racing in 2023 As channel racing approaches, it is important to completely understand what is required to present to the veterinarian in attendance at the marking stations. There are five documents the vet will ask for before you will be allowed to enter your pigeons – download examples here. The documents […]

2023 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2023 Rule Book is now available to download by clicking on the image below.   Please note: We are no longer able to produce a Ring List under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.