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Online petition to protect racing pigeons

The Raptor Alliance’s petition to change the law to protect racing pigeons from predatory raptors is now live on-line. We need YOU to help support the campaign to bring the Law Commission’s revision of the 1981 Wildlife act (and others) to fruition, and so allow individual pigeon fanciers to be able to make licence applications […]

Help needed for new Pigeon Book

Photographer Richard Bailey is looking to publish a new photographic book entitled “Darwin’s Pigeons” and needs assistance in funding the project. The book will be a photographic gallery of fancy pigeons. Click on the image to see further details on the project and to find out how you can help, but please be quick as […]

History Channel filming at the One Loft

A film crew from the History Channel spent a damp and cold morning at the One Loft in Tewkesbury filming for a programme about Pigeons in War. Our thanks to Jeremy for the pigeons and to Julie for the teas and coffees. The show will be presented by Jules Hudson (Escape to the Country) and […]

Important information on transfer fees

At its meeting in February, the Council of the RPRA decided that the cost of transfers would remain at £2 per form, but that there would be a maximum of six ring numbers permissible per form. This change took effect from Monday 9th March 2015. A revised transfer form is now available and can be […]

Carrier pigeons in World War 1

BBC iWonder investigates how carrier pigeons compared to other forms of communication in the trenches of World War 1. Click on the image below to see the article.                    

Racing pigeon’s visit inspires children’s book

Artist and author Simon Manby, of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, has been inspired to write a children’s book – called ‘Albert’s Holiday’ – following a visit from a stray racing pigeon. Read the full story on the Ashbourne News Telegraph website.      

BHW Show of the Year 2015

The British Homing World Show of the Year 2015 – the largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in Great Britain – took place over the weekend 17th/18th January at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 15,000 visitors came to see the more than 2000 racing pigeons and 1000 fancy pigeons on display, and more than 100 trade stands […]

BBC History pays tribute to WW1 pigeons

History Extra, the official website of BBC History Magazine, pays tribute to the homing pigeons that served in World War 1. Click on the image below to see the article.                        

Oswaldtwistle HS visits local school

Oswaldtwistle HS club member Peter Hargreaves recently visited Longshaw Junior School in Blackburn to give a talk on racing pigeons to 90 ten and eleven year old children. He introduced them to six of his birds, who were liberated at the end of the session with a coded message which was deciphered at home and […]