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Update 9th April 2021
The Meeting with DEFRA scheduled for this afternoon has been
A DEFRA representative has informed that a risk assessment is not yet updated to reinstate the General Licence, the Licence will NOT be reinstated prior to the 30th April 2021. Racing cannot take place before this date. Another Meeting is now being arranged, hopefully week commencing the 19th April.
Training your birds remains as a single loft only !!
Update 23rd March 2021
Meeting of the Avian Influenza Stakeholder Group 23rd March 2021
for the Sport of Racing Pigeons on behalf of our Organisations
Mr Ian Evans attended a Meeting of the above group organised by DEFRA of which the following is a summary of an update provided by them.
1. As previously publicised the housing measures will be removed
from Midnight 31st March 2021
2. An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will remain in place across the UK until the risk is assessed as low.
3. The current risk level has been assessed as being between mid and high level.
4. The General Licence for bird gatherings will be reinstated when the risk level is deemed to be low.
The next review will be carried out at the end of March.
A number of stakeholders asked why DEFRA had not published a
'Road Map' (plan) for when restrictions could be lifted. The response outlined that it was impossible to predict when the risk would be assessed as low.
The question was asked, would DEFRA be considering the lifting of the ban on gatherings for specific species of birds, i,e, before the 'blanket ban was lifted'. It was outlined that pigeons were deemed a low risk of transmitting/spreading Avian Influenza. The reply from DEFRA was that it was possible that the gatherings could be permitted for certain species deemed low risk in advance of other species of birds.
With this in mind a letter has been written to the DEFRA representatives to request a Meeting in advance of the next risk assessment at the end of March.
DEFRA PRESS RELEASE: NEW HOUSING MEASURES WILL COME INTO FORCE IN
ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES ON 14 DECEMBER.
New housing measures, which will come into force on 14 December, means
that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their
birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to
limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.
These housing measures build on the strengthened biosecurity measures
that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Protection Zone
(AIPZ) on 11 November.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently in place means it is a
legal requirement for all bird keepers in GB (whether they are keeping
pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to
follow strict biosecurity measures.
All bird keepers must:
* maintain the highest standards of biosecurity to prevent the
introduction of disease
* report any clinical signs indicative of avian influenza to the Defra
Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303
8268. In Scotland, contact their local Field Services Office
Failure to do so is an offence.
All keepers can find the latest information on gov.uk at the following
The Secretary is working from home.
Please post your correspondence to the office as usual.
If you need to speak to the Secretary please leave a message on
or please send an email to [email protected]
All messages and emails will be dealt with on a daily basis within normal working hours Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
To all Clubs, Federations, National, Combine & Councillors of the WHPU
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government, the Council of the WHPU had to make decisions regarding the running of all Societies and Organisations.
Until restrictions are lifted, all Meetings and AGM’s of Societies and Organisations governed by the WHPU will be deferred until further notice, this also includes the AGM of the WHPU.
To allow Societies and Organisations to continue to operate, it has been agreed by Council that the ‘Status Quo’ will exist until notified by the WHPU that the current emergency is over. This will mean that all Officers remain in position to allow the smooth running of Clubs, Federations, Nationals & Combine. Any Officer who wishes to stand down will be allowed to do so, and can be re-placed. New temporary re-placements can be appointed by the remaining Officers.
Any Member wishing to resign will be allowed to do so.
Defaulters to be notified to the Union Office in the normal way following WHU Rule 9, page 21.
Any Member who wishes to apply for Membership may do so following WHU Rule 4, page 19/20.
Telephone calls to Members will be allowed to approve Membership.
The Secretaries of Federations and Combine can continue to forward their accounts and all necessary documents to allow the Audits to be signed off. On completion, their Balance Sheets can be distributed. Any questions on the Balance Sheets must be submitted in writing to the relevant Secretaries. This will then be dealt with by the Officers.
All Clubs can continue to undertake their Audit in the safest way manageable, abiding by their Local Council restrictions.
Any dispute arising in any Organisation must be submitted direct to the Union Office and will be dealt with by the Officers of the WHPU.
We expect the pandemic to continue for at least the next six (6) months, should this not be the case then the Council will review its decision.
We would hope that all Members and Organisations understand why these decisions have been taken and would hope that this will help to keep our Members safe.
Finally, due to the disruptions caused to racing this year, the Council, in the interest of fairness, and with the inability for Members to claim three (3) out of the five (5) WHPU Trophies, it is impractical this season for them to be awarded. As to the current 2019 holders of the Trophies, they will remain in their possession until such time that a safe and practicable way they can be returned.
Updated 22nd June 2020
TRAINING YOUNG RACING PIGEONS IN WALES
We are aware that at this time of the year many members will start training young, inexperienced pigeons. As pigeon racing enthusiasts we will all be aware of the fact that this should be carried out as early as possible to develop their natural homing instinct and therefore reduce the risk of future losses.
The current Welsh Government regulations include, as a reasonable excuse, the ability to leave the area local to ‘meet a legal obligation’
and there are responsibilities for owners of pigeons to meet the requirements set out in the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Depending on the specific circumstances, this may facilitate individuals to train their pigeons to maintain the birds welfare.
However, we would encourage members to stay as local as possible when carrying out training, keeping any travel beyond your local area to the minimum necessary to maintain the welfare of your birds, including any training flights you deem necessary to develop the homing instinct of young, inexperienced pigeons
Members will also have to adhere to Welsh Government requirements relating to social distancing, limiting meeting with other households to just one household and good hygiene practices.
Other requirements include;
1. The Liberation site should be a remote, open area.
2. In no circumstances should members of different households travel in the same vehicle while carrying out training.
3. Members should travel direct to the liberation site, liberate the pigeons and return directly home. They should not spend any additional time at the liberation site.
Updated 30th May 2020
The Welsh South East Combine has acquired from the relevant authority a licence to allow us to race our pigeons. This licence will allow all WSEC Member Federations to race their pigeons under the under the umbrella of the WSEC . The first race will take place on 6th June from Swindon followed by Swindon 13th June. A race programme will be put together by the WSEC. As you are all aware this has been a difficult and testing time and we would like thank you all for your patience over the weeks. We would like to take this opportunity to thank President W.H.U. Colin Clark and CEO R.P.R.A. Ian Evans for their help and guidance. On behalf Chairman Chris Butler & Secretary Chris Jones WSEC
Following yesterdays Welsh Government announcement the RPRA and WHU has written to the First Minister (again) requesting clarification as to how training pigeons can be carried out within the current guidance.
Training as part of an essential journey
In the meantime the interpretation is:
Carrying out training when combined with an essential journey, such as travelling to work, is permitted from Monday. Please refer to the Welsh Government website for further clarification of other essential journeys. However, members should consider the guidance published and come to their own conclusions.
You may recall that that under the original restrictions we stated training as part of an essential journey was not allowed due to the risks posed to others when repatriating strays. However, the current restrictions in Wales allow you to meet up with individuals from other households (not more than one other household). Therefore we now consider training as part of an essential journey described above as permitted.
Mrs G Jones Secretary
Updated 12th May 2020
The devolved Governments have set out a different position in relation to restrictions on the training of Racing Pigeons.
The statement issued by the Governement on the 10th May
allowing the training of pigeons only applies to England.
Here in Wales the training of pigeons is still strictly prohibited
Racing Cancelled until 23rd May.
The following content has been agreed by Members of the Confederation including RPRA, NEHU, SHU, WHU but excluding the IHU.
As of 23rd March, the UK Government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus. As a direct result pigeon racing will be suspended until at least 23rd May 2020.
The WHPU and other Unions will continue to monitor the situation. Updates will be published when available.
Furthermore, the following applies to all Members:
Training of pigeons is classed as non-essential travel and is therefore strictly prohibited.
FOR STRAY PIGEONS
OUR RING LISTS ARE AVAILABLE
ON OUR RING LIST PAGE
15th March 2017
AVIAN INFLUENZA AND PIGEONS – EXERCISING, SHOWING, SALES, TRAINING AND RACING
The following guidance provides clarity for pigeon fanciers on the implications of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For those fanciers whose pigeons are kept outside of the Protection / Surveillance Zones (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks):
You are able to take part in all pigeon gatherings such as shows, sales, training and racing whilst adhering to the requirements of the general licence, as well as the enhanced biosecurity requirements in place across the UK as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone
For those fanciers that house pigeons within the Protection / Surveillance Zone (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks).
If you live within a 10km Surveillance Zone around an outbreak you can still exercise your pigeons around the loft but you are unable to take part in any gatherings, i.e. shows, sales, training or racing until the restrictions within these zones have been lifted.
To establish if your lofts/pigeons are housed within these 10km zones please refer to the interactive map located on the DEFRA website at http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp
HAS NO LICENCE IN THE UK AND CANNOT BE USED.
Unikon Battery Replacement Prices
Between the 1st September and 31st March
the cost to replace batteries
The loft clock and pocket clock is £96.60 (£80.50 + VAT)
Champ200 on its own £58.50 (£48.75 + VAT)
extra pocket clocks are £45 (£37.50 +VAT)
Between 1st April and 31st August
Loft clock battery replacement £78 (£65 +VAT)
Pocket clock battery replacement £60 (£50 +VAT)
Items returned after 14th February cannot be guaranteed to be back with fanciers before the racing season. All battery replacements are guaranteed for 12 months. Unikon do not recommend that fanciers leave products at trade shows, they suggest you return equipment as soon as possible at the end of the racing season and ideally before the Christmas Holidays.
P&P costs for return are currently £6 for mainland UK