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RPRA Rules during Covid-19 restrictions

  • 27 May 2020

The RPRA acknowledges that – under the current restrictions – certain rules may be difficult to implement. Therefore, the attached document outlines where clubs may wish to suspend or relax such rules.

Download: RPRA Rules during Covid-19 Restrictions

Pigeon Racing in Northern Ireland

  • 27 May 2020

We reproduce here the latest update as regards pigeon racing in Northern Ireland, courtesy of the Northern Ireland Provincial Amalgamation (NIPA): “The latest information from the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday 27th May 2020 is that legislation is now in place to permit pigeon racing within Northern Ireland.

“This legislation permits four members to be within the confines of the clubrooms to race mark the pigeons with suitable P.P.E. and practicing good hygiene.

“Members entering the race will leave their pigeons and clock at the clubrooms entrance and go back to their vehicle or a distance from the clubrooms. Members must not gather in groups outside the clubroom premises. This is not permitted under the legislation.

“The Northern Ireland Assembly is now in negations with the relevant departments in the Republic of Ireland.

“At present we can only race within Northern Ireland until confirmation or otherwise is received from the department in the Republic of Ireland. We are hopeful of a decision in the near future.

“The Northern Ireland Assembly have also submitted written requests to the Scottish and Welsh legislations to approve liberations of racing pigeons from Northern Ireland at this time.

“Please be patient as negotiations take place.

“The N.I.P.A. committee if approval is granted plan to have five inland races and review channel racing after the five races.

“When any further information is available you will be informed immediately.”

Fred Russell
Secretary NIPA

Training in Scotland

  • 28 May 2020

Members should read all of the following statement, and encourage all other members to read the full statement and not rely on word of mouth.

Firstly, I must stress that this article relates to Scotland, under the easing of restrictions confirmed by the First Minister on 28th May 2020. This includes:

1. Confirmation that outdoor recreation and sport is permitted.
2. Unrestricted travel is permitted.

The statement is based on the principles set out by the First Minister on 21st and 22nd May 2020, and the content within the Scottish Government’s document titled ‘Scotland Road Map through and out of the Crisis’.

Individual Loft Training

Individual loft training will be permitted from Friday 29th May 2020.

Group Training

Group training will also be permitted, subject to the following conditions that reflect the Scottish Government’s requirement:

1. Two metres distance should be kept between individuals from different household.
2. Individuals are only permitted to meet up with one other individual from a different household at any point.

Therefore, the following suggested process may assist members is adhering to these requirements:

  • Those carrying out group training (the convoyer) should remain in the vehicle at each collection point while the fancier loads his/her pigeons.
  • Once the fancier has left the pick up point, the convoyer should disinfect any part of the equipment that the fancier has come into contact with, such as door to trailers, before moving to the next collection point or before the next fancier loads his/her pigeons.
  • At no point should more than two individuals from different households be at the same pick up point at the same time.
  • Individuals from different households should not travel in the same vehicle.

In addition, where applicable convoyers should ensure that they have a RPRA Convoyer’s licence and are meeting the requirements of the General Licence for Bird Gatherings.

Further information on the General Licence can be found within the AI Pigeons Code of Practice.

Ian Evans
CEO