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National Pigeon Association

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Pigeons of Today was the title of a book first published in the 1930s by Watmoughs Ltd – the Watmough family had strong ties with the fancy. Father and later son Watmough were avid fanciers of English Owls, African Owls, and after WW II William Bill Watmough started breeding and showing Modenas. The book was comprised of articles on the popular breeds of the time, written by the leading authorities of the era and not only promoted the keeping of pigeons but also promoted the National Pigeon Association as the heart of the organized fancy.

It is in the spirit of this joined effort of many that the National Pigeon Association has accepted a proposal to undertake the venture of publishing a new version under the same name, representing current popular breeds.

The original idea was submitted to the NPA by Thomas Hellmann of Germany, who approached the NPA with a sample layout. After thorough discussion and clarifying some details with Thomas, the  Committee voted in favour of the project.

Thomas has a sound background in publishing and printing,he produced the 2016 handbook for the 130th anniversay of the English Short Faced Tumbler Club. The book turned out to be a great success, quickly selling out and has already become a sought-after piece for collectors. Being an internationally recognised pigeon photographer, Thomas has also offered full access to his photo archive in support of the book.

The UK team on the ground will be Mark Rudd, Helen Seed and Colin Ronald. Their task is to update the breed list for the book, make contact with the individual breed clubs for a contribution to the book and secure advert support of the project. All material will be collected, reviewed and forwarded by them.


What will be book be about?

The focus of the book will be British breeds, along with a selection of currently popular foreign breeds in the UK. This book will also be a reference for breeders and judges alike, with all current standards included for the British Breeds. It is the intention of this updated version to show that the fancy pigeon hobby is as respectable a hobby as breeding dogs and cats for shows, a hobby fit for the 21st century.


What is expected?

We aim to showcase our hobby and breeds in a positive and encouraging way. Wherever possible the breed clubs will be the leading authorities of the 2018 version since they know their breed best. We will be asking them to contribute an article on their breed of choice.


How fast is this going to happen?

The target date for publishing the book is September 2019, ready in time for the 2019/2020 show season. September next year may sound far away at the moment, but 17 months can and will fly by in no time. During this time you will be informed about the progress of the book in every issue of Fancy Pigeon World.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us. Getting this book off the ground has to be a joint effort – greatness results from unity. 


Preferred method of contact is via email to, telephone numbers can also be found in the front of the magazine for Mark, Helen & Colin.