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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 […]

Annual General Meeting 2018

The 122nd Annual General Meeting of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association was held at the Novotel Hotel, Long Eaton, Nottingham, on Friday 23rd February 2018. At the meeting David Bridges was elected President, in succession to Les Blacklock, who was re-elected a Vice President along with Arthur Cowley and Gary Cockshott. Above L-R: Vice Presidents Arthur […]

TV company looking for keen young fanciers

Tyrone Productions, a Belfast based TV production company, is looking for young people (under 16 years) interested in being involved in a programme about the wonderful world of pigeon fanciers! There is no commitment at this point but if you are based in the UK or Ireland, passionate about your pigeons and would like to […]

British Homing World – March 2nd issue

We have been informed by Royal Mail and our wholesale newsagent distributors that due to the current snow and cold weather conditions over most of the British Isles this week, they are unable to pick up this week’s (March 2nd) issue from the printers for distribution today. As soon as weather conditions improve enough then […]

Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing

IMPORTANT You will be aware that over recent years the presence of Avian Influenza within domestic birds has resulted in the movement of certain birds being restricted. This could potentially have a devastating impact on pigeon racing and showing. However, to date Defra’s risk based approach in relation to pigeons has resulted in a limited […]

FCI Grand Prix – Mira 2018

Invitations are invited for entries to the International Racing Pigeon Championships (FCI Grand Prix) – Mira 2018 – organised by the Portuguese Federation. The final race will take place on 1st September and the date of the reception of the pigeons will be between 1st April and 15th May. Click on the image right to […]

Enhancements to RPRA One Loft

RPRA One Loft Manager, Jeremy Davies, has been working hard on enhancements to the lofts at Birtsmorton over the winter. See his video report of developments below.