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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 […]

Holy Cross Primary receive One Loft Awards

Holy Cross Primary School’s racing pigeon, ‘Holy Spirit’, performed well in the RPRA’s One Loft Race 2014, winning prize money in the schools sections. Bred by Ward & Cullen of Wallasey HS, Mr & Mrs Cullen presented a cheque and certificates to the school in Birkenhead earlier this week. Head Teacher Jane Bradley said that […]

Schools learn about pigeon history

Schoolchildren are getting to see racing pigeons at first hand as RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, visits schools to give talks on pigeon history and racing pigeons. Over 200 children at Brushwood Junior School in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, were treated to four separate talks across a day. As the school was holding a World War 1 theme […]

Flying Back To Nature

The Midlands National Flying Club and the Royal Pigeon Racing Association have created an interactive educational project – ‘Secret Messages’ – offering pupils the opportunity to learn about the vital work undertaken by carrier pigeons during the World Wars. Read more about the initiative in this article, and see the Flying Back to Nature website […]