Welsh Homing Pigeon Union

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   Welcome to The Welsh Homing Pigeon Union Website


The WHU Office is now closed.  

The Secretary will work from home.  

Please post your correspondence to the office as usual.  

If you need to speak to the Secretary please leave a message on

01443 441010,

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


Thank you




Updated 22nd June 2020




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.









15th March 2017




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










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)


Please Note

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


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