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RPRA at PDSA PetLife’18 Festival

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association had a stand and presented a display at the PDSA PetLife ’18 event at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 6th May – the one day music festival where dogs are welcome. New RPRA Development Officer Richard Chambers and Chief Executive Ian Evans (both seen above) were among those who staffed the […]

Booking of RPRA liberation sites

To avoid jeopardising official RPRA liberation sites all liberations MUST be booked and paid for through RPRA HQ. This includes Race Programmes, Open Races, One Loft Races and Training Tosses. Please ensure 2018 Inland & Continental Race Programmes have been completed on official forms and returned to The Reddings. 2018 Race Programme Forms, Application to Liberate […]

Airshow Calendar 2018

In addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, we are now approaching the season when many airfields around the country hold local air shows. With increased summer flight activity and the pigeon season we would ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra […]

Update on Beech Grove School loft

Kent Shirky gives us an update on the pigeon loft at Beech Grove School in Kent: “Our loft project continues to develop, and is proving beyond my expectations to have great educational benefits. The photos show much of the work we have done in and around the loft, the donations have supported that as well […]

Advice on vaccinating against Paramyxovirus

Paramyxovirus – making sure you use only authorised vaccines: Advice from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) We understand that many of you at this time of year will have vaccinated, or are about to vaccinate, your pigeons against paramyxovirus, which can significantly harm their health. Pigeon paramyxovirus infection is a notifiable disease. That means if […]

RPRA Drug Testing Programme 2018

Council of the RPRA has approved drug testing for the 2018 season For 2018 the RPRA will be using a UK-based laboratory for its drug testing programme. There will be a number of amendments to the process, contained within Appendix G of the RPRA Rules, which include the following: • Only trained personnel will be […]

Important Notice – Puncturing Clocks Audit

Please note that any puncturing clock needs to be re-registered at The Reddings prior to the start of the 2018 racing season. Failure to do so will disqualify the clock from any future use. Puncturing clocks may not be sold, loaned or disposed of, for the use of any other person in any RPRA competition. […]

Kickstarter for new ‘Birdmen’ book

Award-winning photographer Zak Waters has launched a crowdfunding page on Kickstarter to help realise the publication of his pigeon racing book in Great Britain entitled Birdmen. Zak says “Birdmen has been a labour of love for me over the years as I travelled the country meeting some amazing individuals who are part of the pigeon […]

Sign the petition to remember animals in war

Jayne Snape has started a campaign for war animals to be remembered as part of the forthcoming ‘There But Not There’ Remembrance charity for 2018. The campaign is for all animals lost serving their country to be included and details can be found at the change.org website.  Jayne told the RPRA: “As pigeons were critical […]