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Training in England

In line with the Government Covid roadmap and the current Avian Influenza restrictions,  single loft training will be permitted from Monday 29th March 2021. Multiple loft training (more than one loft) is NOT permitted, and will remain prohibited until the General License for Bird Gatherings is reinstated . For the latest updates in relation to […]

Training and Racing in Wales – UPDATED

Single loft training will be permitted in Wales from 27th March 2021. This follows the Welsh Government’s confirmation that the ‘Stay Local’ rule will be lifted to allow unrestricted travel within Wales from 27th March. However, please note that England still has restricted travel and therefore you cannot travel into England from Wales for the […]

Contacting the RPRA

Under the current circumstances, a number of staff are working from home and a couple are on furlough. The way you contact us has therefore changed.  Below is an updated list of contacts. It is best to use e-mail if you can, and to call only if you cannot e-mail. In any case, please do […]

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 […]

Relocation of RPRA Headquarters

The RPRA is currently moving from The Reddings, and it is highly likely that there will be some interruption to services until we are settled.  Contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same, and our new postal address for the time being will be: BizSpace Corinium House Corinium Avenue Barnwood Gloucester GL4 3HX Any […]

RPRA RULES & COVID 19

RPRA RULES & COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS  As a result of the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions and the timescales associated with racing, the following rules have been relaxed: Rules 221 & 225 – Three way testing. For 2021, only one signature will be required.  Rules 235a – For 2021, electronic rings must be allocated to the […]

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 […]