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Young & Intermediate Fanciers YB Competition

The RPRA Young & Intermediate Fanciers’ Competition was held over the first and fourth weekends in August. To ensure fairness across the UK, the results were calculated by use of the coefficient system. The best performance in each group on each weekend, as defined by the coefficient, wins £50 cash donated by Brittany Ferries. The […]

Heather makes a name for herself

Young Heather Daves, daughter of the RPRA One Loft Manager Jeremy, appeared on both the BBC Breakfast feature on pigeon racing, and in her local press, talking about her love of the sport. She’s just 7 years old, but has been racing for the last two years, and has a small loft and her own […]

BBC Breakfast at the One Loft

Saturday morning’s edition of BBC Breakfast featured an item on Pigeon Racing, made when Mike Bushell visited the RPRA One Loft at Tewkesbury a couple of weeks ago. The weather was superb on the day, and we opened Mike’s eyes up with regard to Pigeon Racing. Raptor predation also got a significant mention. We demonstrated how Pigeon Racing works, […]

RPRA advises Bangladeshi Fanciers

A request for advice recently arrived at The Reddings from Ashikur Rahman of the Bangladesh Racing Pigeon Club. They have over 150 members flying races from 80 to 350 km, with between 300-900 birds per race. Their season runs from November to February. The RPRA were happy to give Ashik the requested support and advice, […]

Chloe’s over the moon!

Chloe Sherwood in Yeovil managed to get a free entry into the RPRA One Loft Race for her school, Ansford Academy, via the South West Region. She told us: “Guess what – when I looked on the schools’ result for Hotspot 1 we were actually 1st, winning £50 for my school! Our bird came 70th overall, 42 seconds behind […]

Belonging at the Walker Art Gallery

More than 200 life-size model pigeons in seven vibrant colours are ‘roosting’ on the roof, portico and other nooks of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool as part of an installation called ‘Belonging’ by artist Patrick Murphy. National Museums Liverpool say that “the unexpected presence of these bright, exciting birds; their scale and quantity, make […]

The Importance of Weather Forecasting

Steve Western, a Meteorologist with Weatherquest, explains the importance of weather forecasting in pigeon racing: “Pigeon racing is a sport in which specially bred and trained pigeons are released from specific locations (the conventional form uses the same starting or ‘liberation’ point); they then race back to their home lofts. The distance between these points […]

Caught in the Act

Barry Reid in Brighouse recently had a raptor attack on his pigeons which was captured on his home CCTV system. The footage and further details can be seen on the Huddersfield Daily Examiner website.