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Open Race from Ypres to Commemorate WW1 Centenary

On Saturday 14th July, the RPRA Cumbria Region will be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 with an Open Race from Ypres. Pigeon fanciers within the Cumbria Region want to recognise the sacrifice that the armed forces took in the First World War and the bravery of the homing pigeons involved. Carrier pigeons played […]

A recent look at how pigeons find their way home

The BBC last week aired an updated programme on how pigeons find their way home. An episode from 2008 “finds Lionel Kelleway discovering the biology behind pigeon migration with Oxford University’s Chris Armstrong. Starting their recording at the University’s Wytham Field Station Lionel meets some of the pigeons used in the study which far from […]

Fly By Night – remembering WW1 pigeons

US artist Duke Riley created Fly By Night to “pay beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes: the military pigeons that played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.” Displaying over the River Thames for three days in June, the epic outdoor work saw over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies in […]

Pigeons in War on Channel 4 News

Last night’s news on Channel 4 featured an item on pigeons in war, including Jon Snow interviewing the RPRA Development Officer Richard Chambers. Project 14-18 has been working with artist Duke Riley to develop a visual project that will raise awareness of the pigeon in war. A loft has been built in London (see below) […]

Lords v Commons Pigeon Race

On Wednesday 14th June the RPRA released 543 birds from Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes at the first Lords v Commons pigeon race since 1928. Each pigeon was designated to an MP or Peer. Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pigeon Racing Group, Chris Davies MP, was in attendance along with Iain Stewart, MP for […]

Royal Lofts on BBC Countryfile

The Royal Lofts were featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday evening, 10th June, in a Royal Special on Sandringham. Click the image to watch the episode on BBC iPlayer. (Forward to 36:21 for the item on the Royal Lofts.)  

Lobby your MP to join the APPG

As you will be aware the All Party Parliamentary Group for pigeon racing has been set up to raise awareness of our sport and support proposed solutions to the ongoing issues our sport has to endure. Please take the time to download and complete the letter below and send to your relevant MP to encourage […]

2018 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2018 Rule Book is now available to download by clicking on the image below. (Hard copies are also available from RPRA HQ at The Reddings.) Please note there is an error in the printed copies of the Rule Book:  Rule 85 should read as follows: 85. The Association shall have power so far […]

RPRA at PDSA PetLife’18 Festival

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association had a stand and presented a display at the PDSA PetLife ’18 event at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 6th May – the one day music festival where dogs are welcome. New RPRA Development Officer Richard Chambers and Chief Executive Ian Evans (both seen above) were among those who staffed the […]