The Raptor Alliance is sending an open letter to all Members of Parliament asking for support in the draft bill to offer racing pigeons a degree of protection from peregrine falcons etc. Click on the link below to see a copy of the letter. Open Letter to MPs
Somerset fancier on raptor attacks
The Western Gazette reports on raptor attacks suffered by Tom Sherwood of West Camel, Somerset. Read the article here
Birmingham Mail on raptor attacks
The Birmingham Mail reports on peregrine falcons attacking a local fancier’s racing pigeons: Read the article on the Birmingham Mail website
Sir Ian Botham takes RSPB to task
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham has hit out at the RSPB, alleging that the organisation accused him of illegally killing birds of prey. This comes soon after another former England team captain, ex-footballer Gerry Francis, joined the debate about the RSPB’s protection of raptors while ignoring the plight of pigeon fanciers. Click on the links below […]
General Manager on the Jeremy Vine Show
Listen to RPRA General Manager, Stewart Wardrop, talking about raptor predation on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show. Jeremy Vine Show – clip 1 Jeremy Vine Show – clip 2
Gerry Francis joins the Raptor Debate
The Times today reports on former international footballer and keen pigeon fancier Gerry Francis’ views on the raptor debate. Click on the image to see the full article.
Mail Online on Increasing Population of Avian Predators
Read the Mail Online’s article on the conservationists’ “obsession” with increasing the population of avian predators. Click on the image to go to the article.
Looking for evidence of raptor attacks – in cathedrals
Bodmin breeder Steve Wright is seeking evidence of raptor attacks on racing pigeons by contacting cathedrals across Britain and asking for details of rings found in peregrine falcons’ nesting boxes. The Western Morning News and Cornish Guardian both report on his task. Click on the appropriate newspaper links to read the articles.
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 […]