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Bird Flu Updates

In recent news, Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre at Greta Bridge, County Durham, was told it will have to cull all of its 400 birds, including the macaws, parakeets, and finches, after volunteers found several dead or dying chickens and Guinea fowl. Defra was immediately informed, and two vets arrived the same day to perform post-mortems […]

BHW Show of the Year 2023

The largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the United Kingdom – the BHW Show of the Year 2023 – will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd January.  Preparations are in full swing, and entries to the various classes are now closed (except for the Supreme Champion class). Other […]

RPRA One Loft Young Birds Race 2023

Places in the RPRA One Loft Young Birds Race 2023 are going fast, but there is still time to submit your entry – see the online form below.   You may enter up to a maximum of 5 birds, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until 3rd January 2023. After that […]

Auctions on our auction website

The current auctions on our dedicated auction website are four RPRA One Loft birds, which end on Sunday evening, and for 25 Spencroft Busschaerts and Kirkpatricks from Kevin Glover of Suffolk, which end the following Friday. You need to be registered on the site to be able to bid online – just follow the detailed […]

Harry stars in ‘We Are England’

‘We Are England’ on BBC1 North East & Cumbria on Friday evening featured young fancier Harry (9) from Newcastle. The programme followed his first pigeon racing season, as he learned about training and nurturing birds ahead of their first race.  You can watch the programme on the BBC iPlayer.    

EU Animal Health Regulations – Channel Racing

Loft Registration and Export Health Certificate Procedures On 24th May Defra sent us the details for the loft registration and Export Health Certificate procedures.  Their communication states: “From today a new Export Health Certificate for racing pigeons from Great Britain (GB) sent to the EU or Northern Ireland (NI) for the purpose of immediate release […]

Animals in War Memorial Service

RPRA President, Les Blacklock, and his wife Meryl attended the Animals in War memorial service which took place at the Memorial on Park Lane, London, on the 10th November. The service was well attended, with most animal charities represented. Pigeons were mentioned first in the eulogy, and several speakers also gave moving accounts of their […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

The Avian Influenza Code of Practice may be downloaded here.  The code is based on the legal requirements, and every member and organisation should read the document. In addition, it will provide clarity in respect of what can be done if your loft is situated within a disease control area.  To establish if your loft […]

Updated liberation site maps

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download – click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

Auction of One Loft 2022 Young Birds

The auction of the RPRA One Loft 2022 Young Birds ended on Sunday evening.  If you won one of the lots, you will have received an email giving details of how to pay, and once you have paid you will receive a further email with details of how to arrange for collection of your bird(s). […]