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Additional Loft Location Method Available

A third method of plotting your loft location was approved by the RPRA Council at the Annual General Meeting in 2023. As used in applying for a CPH number, Defra’s Magic Map may also now be used to map your loft in either OS Colour Mapping or Aerial Photography modes. In the same way as […]

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 […]

Text-based stray reporting facility

You can now report a stray GB-rung racing pigeon by SMS text message. You just need to format your message as, for example: ‘GB22L12345 injured’ and text this to 07888 860186. Within a few seconds you will receive a text back giving confirmation of the reported ring number and phone/email contact details for the owner. Make […]

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 […]

Updated liberation site maps

Up-to-date versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions in the UK, are available to download by clicking on the appropriate image below. A3 size printed versions of these maps may be obtained free of charge from RPRA HQ by sending a large stamped addressed […]

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.