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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.            

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 […]