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National Pigeon Association



Lapsed Members Survey 2013 & 2014


The committee took the decision at Aprils committee meeting, based on correspondence with one of our members, Andrew Stables, regarding membership numbers. We decided to conduct a survey on people who were members of the NPA during 2013 or 2014 but as of April 2016 had not re-joined the NPA.


We hoped that this would help understand the reasons why people join for one maybe two years then don’t re-join the following year, also allowing those lapsed members to voice their reasons for not re-joining.


I divided and distributed the list of names out between the whole committee to contact in their own time and at their own expense, the categories that survey was broken down into was decided and has been used to collate the results below.


The list of lapsed members total 271, please be assured that this not as worrying a figure as it sounds, the NPA always has a certain amount of people leave and new people join each year. We are aware that membership is falling but again this survey may also shed light as to why, plus we are also aware that membership in general is falling across some other livestock associations.


We wish to be open and transparent so therefore share the information with you all and as you can see the results are interesting. The committee have taken criticism regarding the decision they made in the best interest of the fancy over the past couple of years, i.e. publishing our own bespoke magazine. The committee will be looking into the results and may conduct further surveys with our 2016 members.


Out of the 271 listed contacts we managed to contact 43.5%, if any one has any questions, queries or suggestions then please do email them through to

Notice regarding the Issuing of Rings

The National Committee of the National Pigeon Association has written to all NPA affiliated Flying Breed clubs which issue closed rings for flying breeds.
The Committee would remind affiliated clubs and Societies that they must adhere to the NPA and EE Rules; and I am asked to advise that rings issued specifically for Flying Breeds are not to be used on any other breeds, and such birds if entered in non-flying breed classes at shows will be disqualified. We also reminded Clubs that rings may not be issued before January 7th of each year thereby ensuring that only birds bred in the current year can be shown in Young Bird classes.

Ring Transfers

Over the past few years it seems that some members have got out of the habit of transferring birds they have bought, or been given, into their own names.    It is a requirement that all birds shown are registered in the name of the owner, however during routine checking of show returns it became apparent that at each show 16%, or more, of the certificate winners had not been transferred into the exhibitor’s name. According to the Rules these bird should have been disqualified and the certificates cancelled!

Many lost pigeons reported by members of the public have not been transferred to the new owner, and in some instances it is difficult to get anyone to take responsibility for the birds.  According to the NPA rules the registered owner is responsible for collecting the stray pigeon, if the bird hasn’t been transferred then the original owner is responsible! It really does make sense to transfer all birds!!

The Management Committee has considered this problem and, in view of the number of birds involved, decided to take no action - had the NPA fully implemented the Rules it could have been seen as being ‘heavy handed’ or ‘unreasonable’ and would have antagonised many exhibitors. The Committee consider that the best approach is to give all members the opportunity to transfer birds they have either bought or been given, before implementing the rules.

So, there is a breathing space until October, the beginning of the 2016/17 show season, giving all members the opportunity, and time, to transfer birds they have not bred into their own name – this also includes birds bred overseas which need to be registered with the NPA.  From the commencement of the show season the rules will be implemented.   

The Rules of the National Pigeon Association contain the following clauses relevant to the transfer of birds:


(e)(i)    All changes of ownership of any ring, or pigeon wearing a ring issued by this Association, should be notified to the Ring Secretary.  No pigeon is eligible for exhibition by a new owner until the Ring Secretary has been notified of the change of ownership and the ring has been properly transferred to such new owner for a minimum of 14 days before the exhibition.  All responsibility for the transfer of rings lies with the Vendor (seller).  Responsibility of ownership remains with the person to whom the ring(s) were issued until such time as the transfer of ring(s) is completed.

               (ii)  If a lost bird is reported by a non-fancier (i.e. member of the public), the owner must make arrangements to claim the bird immediately. Failure to do so may result in suspension/expulsion. If a lost bird is reported by another fancier, the owner should make arrangements to claim it within 14 days. Failure to do so will result in a final reminder to claim the bird sent by the Ring Secretary. Failure to claim the bird within a further 14 days may result in suspension/expulsion.

The person whose name appears in the Association Official Ring register will be regarded as the owner for the purpose of claims for lost birds.


                     (d)   If a ring worn by any certificate winning bird is found not be registered to the exhibitor the certificate will be permanently withdrawn and deleted from NPA records.

Any exhibitor who exhibits such a ring or rings on more than one occasion may be suspended/expelled from the Association.

Transfer forms can be easily downloaded from the NPA website, or obtained from the Secretary either electronically or as hard copy.  The charge for transferring birds is £1 for up to 3 birds on 1 form, thereafter 35p per bird.

Ring numbers are registered to the owner so that ownership can be authenticated. It really is in the interest of all Members to ensure that all birds are transferred to new owner, thus ensuring that there is an easy and accurate trace of ownership.