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Pigeon Lung – advice from BPFMRT

Advice from the British Pigeon Fanciers Medical Research Team on Pigeon Lung (Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis) In the same way as some pet owners are allergic to their pets, e.g. cats, dogs or horses, some pigeon owners are allergic to their pigeons. The allergic reaction affects the small air exchanging sacs in the lung (alveoli) and causes […]

The Homing Instinct

In this documentary from Meerkat Films, two old friends and rival pigeon racers are preparing for the big race of the season. Set in the North East of England where Maurice’s allotment is home to the world’s only listed pigeon Cree, the ageing miners embark on what could be their last season together. Jackie and […]

RPRA One Loft – Young Birds Final Race

The Young Birds Final Race took place from Hexham on Sunday 26th August, a distance of 203 miles. The birds were marked late on Saturday afternoon, and transported up to the liberation point by Martin Fitzpatrick. A full report is here, and a  gallery of images taken on the day is below.    

The Mystery of the Missing Carrier Pigeon

While ripping out an old fireplace at a derelict house in Surrey, David and Ann Martin found what they thought to be a discarded chicken bone, but which on closer inspection turned out to be the remains of a pigeon. Attached to the bird’s foot was a small red cylinder, and inside they found a coded message that was almost certainly dispatched […]

An 18th Century Bet Proven!

Comedian Tim FitzHigham and a recording crew recently spent two days at the RPRA One Loft in Tewkesbury – trying to prove an 18th Century bet! Tim is making a series of programmes for BBC Radio 4 based around historic sporting bets. Many of his exploits are available on YouTube, including crossing the channel in a bath. The […]

Olympic Games celebrated with release from Etihad Stadium

To coincide with the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Friday 27th July, a release of pigeons took place from Manchester City FC’s Etihad Stadium, thanks to Derek Partridge and assistance from local fanciers. A group of 80 disabled & non-disabled children from Manchester were tasked with the honour of releasing the birds. One of the […]