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Boris' roadmap and its implications for fanciers PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

bpris and chickens.pngThe whole country heard the prospects last night of a return to something like normality as Boris unveiled the roadmap which is designed to get us there.

June 21 is the date provisionally given for an end to all restrictions without any further Covid set-backs.

As far as pigeon fanciers are concerned what does that mean. No old bird racing? Is there a chance of starting on time, April12?

The RPRA have been closely following developments, but have also had to contend with the restrictions imposed because of the avian flu out-break.

Here’s what the RPRA have said today: “Now that the Prime Minister has provided his initial road map out of lockdown we thought it would be the right time to provide an update in relation to the commencement of racing and training.

“While the plan out of lockdown is/will be different within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we have taken the following content from the PM's announcement as a positive step towards the commencement of racing in England.

“We will monitor the additional information that comes from the devolved Governments and provide updates as and when necessary 

“From 29 March - (at the earliest)

“Stay at home guidance be dropped. 

“Significant loosening of how far people can travel but people will be encouraged to minimise travel

“Outdoor organised sports will return 

“Six people or two families can meet outside. 

“From 12th April  (at the earliest)

“One Household will be allowed to stay overnight some where in the UK. (Indicating wider travel will be permitted)

“Taking the above into consideration and subject to confirmation by the Prime Minister at the appropriate milestones we envisage that;

“1. At the earliest, training would be permitted from 29th March 2021. 

“2. At the earliest, Racing will commence from 12th April 2021 with race marking etc taking place outside.  

“In preparation for the commencement of racing under these restrictions we will develop and issue guidance similar to that used in 2020.

However, in addition to the Covid-19 restrictions we also have to consider the current restrictions in place due to Avian Influenza. The Code of Practice for Pigeon Racing published on the RPRA website will provide a detailed overview

“A summary of the code is as follows:

“From December 14th, 2020, when a housing requirement in the AIPZ comes into force in Great Britain, birds will only be allowed out for exercise for up to one hour once each day. You may train birds as a single loft but must not mix birds from other lofts. You must not have an open loft that allows the birds to freely come and go, which would increase the chance of wild birds entering your loft and contaminating it.

Please note the General License for bird gatherings was revoked on 11 November 2020. This means that all racing, shows, training, sales, or auctions where birds are physically brought together from multiple lofts are banned until the General License is reinstated.

“This means that fanciers should not enter another's loft or premises, footwear/clothing should be clean and not worn at your own loft, and hands washed/hand sanitiser gel used.

 Questions and answers

 Q - Can I train my birds ?

A. - No. While the current Avian Influenza code of practice permits single loft training (multiple loft/group training is not allowed as this would be classed as a gathering) the Covid 19 restrictions relating to travel mean that training is currently NOT permitted.

Q - When will I be able to train?

A - Subject to confirmation nearer the date you will be able to train at the earliest from 29th March 2021

Q - Why cant I train before 29th March 2021

A - The Governments stay at home policy will remain in force until at least 29th March 2021 

Q - When will the General license for bird Gatherings be re-instated ?

A - There is no real indication towards a date. The CEO is regularly attending the Stakeholder meetings arranged by the APHA and will provide an update as soon as there are any developments.

Q - Will the RPRA be producing guidance for Race Marking, Convoyer's, Clock setting etc

A - Yes. This will be developed and issued as soon as possible.

Q - My organisations race programme commences prior to the 12th April. What should we do ?

A - We will make contact with each convoying organisation to establish a revised race programme 

Q - Is the commencement of racing from 12th April 2021 subject to the General license being reinstated ?

A - Yes - without this racing can not commence

The West Cumbria Amalgamation programme, submitted to the RPRA (subject to covid and avian flu restrictions) is as follows:- 


GARSTANG                       10th APRIL

CHARN.RICHARD            17th APRIL

APPLETON 1                     24th APRIL                         AMAL

APPLETON 2                     01st MAY                           AMAL

CANNOCK                         08th MAY                           AMAL

WORCESTER                    15th MAY                           AMAL

CHELTENHAM                  22nd MAY                          COMB

MARLBOROUGH             29th MAY                           COMB

CARENTAN                       05th JUNE                          COMB

YEOVIL 1                           12th JUNE                          COMB

FOUGERES                        19th JUNE                          COMB

YEOVIL 2                           26th JUNE                          COMB

MESSAC                            03rd JULY                           COMB                

FOUGERES                        10th JULY                           COMB


FLOOKBURGH 1               17th JULY

FLOOKBURGH 2               24th JULY

GARSTANG                       31st JULY

CHARN. RICHARD            07th AUGUST

APPLETON 1                     14th AUGUST                    AMAL

APPLETON 2                     21st AUGUST                    AMAL

STAFFORD                        28th AUGUST                    AMAL

WOLLASTON                    04th SEPTEMBER              AMAL

CHELTENHAM                  11th SEPTEMBER              COMB






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