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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 […]

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.                  

Airshow Calendar 2024

As the season approaches, a reminder that in addition to the requirements contained within our rules regarding pigeon releases around active civil airfields, members need to be aware of the airshow season. Airshows bring increased summer flight activity, and we ask all fanciers living within the vicinity of airfields to be extra vigilant when exercising […]

Captive Bird Registration with APHA

Registration of your birds with Defra New measures to better protect the poultry sector from future avian influenza outbreaks have been set out by the government today (19 March). Under the changes announced, there will be new requirements for all bird keepers – regardless of the size of their flock – to officially register their […]

RPRA Drug Testing Programme 2024

Council of the RPRA has approved drug testing for the 2024 season The RPRA now uses a UK-based laboratory for its drug testing programme. The process is detailed within Appendix G of the RPRA Rules, and includes the following: • Only trained personnel will be able to carry out sample collections on behalf of the […]

Annual General Meeting 2024

The 128th Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association was held at the Leonardo Hotel (East Midlands Airport) on Friday 23rd February. The minutes of the meeting and the annual accounts may be downloaded below. Chris Sutton CEO Download: AGM Minutes  Download: Annual Accounts 2022-23  

Membership Levy 2024

As I said in my last report, the RPRA has been underfunded for many years and has been subsidised by the sales of the BHW. Due to the nature of the publishing business and the drop in membership leading to an equal drop in the circulation numbers of the BHW, that subsidy has faltered to […]

CEO’s Annual Report 2024

You can read CEO Chris Sutton’s annual report, presented at the Annual General Meeting on 23rd February, below. Download: CEO’s Annual Report 2024