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Bird Flu Updates

Change to HPAI H5 Wild Bird Risk Level The risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in wild birds in Great Britain has reduced from medium (event occurs regularly) to low (event is rare but does occur). The risk of poultry exposure to HPAI H5 in Great Britain remains assessed as: low (event is rare but […]

Entries still open for 2024 RPRA One Loft Race

Entries for the 2024 RPRA One Loft Young Birds Race are still being taken. With a 1st prize of £35000 to the winner of the final race, £10000 in prize money across the 4 hotspot races, and £8000 going to the winner of the ace pigeon competition, there has never been a better time to […]

Happy Retirement, Julia!

RPRA Office Manager, Julia Field, retired on Friday after more than 10 years with the Association. She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at the RPRA and will especially miss all the people. Thank you to everyone for the wonderful gifts and for sending me off in style”. We wish Julia all the […]

Backlog at HQ

Now that racing has started, the number of stray calls, transfer and loft location requests, membership applications etc has picked up sharply, and the Easter break put us a few days behind. We are working as fast as we can to clear the backlog, and will be back up to date as soon as possible. […]

Airshow Calendar 2023

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 […]

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 […]

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  

RPRA 2024 One Loft Race Updates

I received a heart-warming letter this week from teacher Kent Shirky at Beech Grove School in Nonington, Kent, and it reads: “Dear Mr. Sutton, “I started our school loft project here at Beech Grove five or six years ago, with no previous knowledge or experience in the sport. From the very first time I reached […]