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Bird Flu Updates

In recent news, Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre at Greta Bridge, County Durham, was told it will have to cull all of its 400 birds, including the macaws, parakeets, and finches, after volunteers found several dead or dying chickens and Guinea fowl. Defra was immediately informed, and two vets arrived the same day to perform post-mortems […]

BHW Show of the Year 2023

The largest gathering of pigeon fanciers in the United Kingdom – the BHW Show of the Year 2023 – will take place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd January.  Preparations are in full swing, and entries to the various classes are now closed (except for the Supreme Champion class). Other […]

Auctions on our auction website

The current auctions on our dedicated auction website are four RPRA One Loft birds, which end on Sunday evening, and for 25 Spencroft Busschaerts and Kirkpatricks from Kevin Glover of Suffolk, which end the following Friday. You need to be registered on the site to be able to bid online – just follow the detailed […]

EU Animal Health Regulations – Channel Racing

Loft Registration and Export Health Certificate Procedures On 24th May Defra sent us the details for the loft registration and Export Health Certificate procedures.  Their communication states: “From today a new Export Health Certificate for racing pigeons from Great Britain (GB) sent to the EU or Northern Ireland (NI) for the purpose of immediate release […]

Animals in War Memorial Service

RPRA President, Les Blacklock, and his wife Meryl attended the Animals in War memorial service which took place at the Memorial on Park Lane, London, on the 10th November. The service was well attended, with most animal charities represented. Pigeons were mentioned first in the eulogy, and several speakers also gave moving accounts of their […]

Updated liberation site maps

An up-to-date version of the UK liberation site map, showing major airports and sites with airfield restrictions, is available to download – click on the image right to download the map in .pdf format. Updated A3 size printed versions of both the UK and Continental liberation site maps may be obtained free of charge from […]

All Party Parliamentary Group Meeting

A meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pigeon Racing was held on Wednesday 19th October, chaired by Simon Mackown for Defra and attended by Les Blacklock, Chris Sutton, Richard Chambers and David Higgins (all representing the RPRA), Hazel Carter (Natural England), Chris Calow and Howard Jones (both RSPB), and Becca Blewett (Defra). The […]

Club recruits 21 new starters in three years

Oswaldtwistle Homing Society are leading the way in growing the sport in their area. Within the last three years they have recruited 24 new members to their club, with 21 of those being new starters. You can read the full story of how a small club has adapted and grown over the years by clicking […]

Minibus still going strong

In 1998 Sylvia Smith of the Serve (Supporting Independence) organisation in Northamptonshire approached the BHW Show of the Year committee for assistance in purchasing a minibus, which was in service for 12 years. In April 2014 the Show of the Year helped to fund a replacement bus, and this second minibus is still going strong, […]

GB23 Ring Orders

We are currently accepting pre-orders of GB23 rings.  To order by post, click on the appropriate image below to download the form, and complete and send it to RPRA HQ with a cheque or postal order for the relevant payment. You may also pre-order rings over the phone, and paid up members may order through […]