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APHA Forms

The APHA has informed us that RPRA clubs and federations are not submitting their APHA Appendix 1 forms, as required.   During the racing season APHA must be informed of your intention to bring together multiple lofts for the purpose of pigeon racing – including marking – under the terms of the General Licence for Bird […]

Pigeon Race for Dementia Action Week 2024

For the 10th year, Cumbria Region RPRA and West Cumbria Memory Services (NHS) organised a pigeon race from Whitehaven Harbour as part of Dementia Action Week. A good turnout of service users and carers greatly enjoyed the occasion.  The six pigeons in the race had all been given names: Lowca Princess Parton Supreme Queen of […]

Automated Transfer System

A reminder that you can transfer GB rings online for FREE!  Click on the button on the right to begin.   In order to transfer rings to another loft, you will need your own RPRA loft number and the e-mail address that we have recorded for you in our membership database (see below on how […]

Royal Patronage

Following the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II, a request was sent to Buckingham Palace to ask if HM The King would continue as Patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. With much regret this request has sadly been declined due to the Royal family’s workload. It is our understanding that this does not […]

RPRA 2024 One Loft Race Updates

Below are the latest updates from the new RPRA One Loft Manager, Jonathan Swift. You can keep up-to-date with developments on Jonathan’s blog on the dedicated One Loft site. ***NB – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED*** Update 04/05/24 The pigeons will all be injected and ETS rings fitted next weekend (the new rings arrived yesterday) and […]

Bird Flu Updates

Changes to the Bird Gatherings General Licences in England From 12pm on 26 April 2024 gatherings of all columbiforme birds (pigeons) are permitted in England provided you: follow and meet all the requirements of the captive bird gathering general licence notify APHA of the gathering at least 7 days before the event. Mixed gatherings of poultry […]

2024 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2024 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.                  

Happy Retirement, Julia!

RPRA Office Manager, Julia Field, retired on Friday after more than 10 years with the Association. She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the RPRA and will especially miss all the people. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful gifts and for sending me off in style”. We wish Julia all the […]

Airshow Calendar 2024

As the season approaches, a reminder that in addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, members need to be aware of the airshow season. Airshows bring increased summer flight activity, and we ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra vigilant when exercising […]

Captive Bird Registration with APHA

Registration of your birds with Defra New measures to better protect the poultry sector from future avian influenza outbreaks have been set out by the government today (19 March). Under the changes announced, there will be new requirements for all bird keepers – regardless of the size of their flock – to officially register their […]