Birmingham can claim to have more pigeon fanciers
than any other city The Birmingham Pigeon Archive project will chronicle a major aspect of local working class history
He has hosted the satellite television programme Racing Pigeons Around the World on Taiwan's High Energy Channel, which has some three million viewers, organises the annual pigeon auction `World Auction of the Dream League', and brokers deals between Taiwanese pigeon fanciers
and European owners to bring the best birds in Europe to Taiwan for breeding.
While neither will give up their hobby, they fear for the sport's future with many pigeon fanciers
retiring from racing.
Oscott Coun Keith Linnecor has been contacted by a string of distraught pigeon fanciers
after their prized birds were stolen.
DETECTIVES hope that pigeon fanciers
could hold clues to the baffling murder of a pensioner, police said yesterday.
have accused the Scottish Executive of snobbery after being denied the right to call themselves sportsmen.
Arley flyers were on cruise control as Nuneaton fanciers
filled the top dozen places in the recent Coventry South Road Pigeon Club's race from Taunton.
The birds have been donated to the school from pigeon fanciers
from across the country.
A LARGER-THAN-LIFE chainsaw sculpture of a pigeon fancier
releasing one of his prized birds is on show at Skinningrove.
THE bird crime report includes a case from October last year at Sunderland Magistrates' Court when a pigeon fancier
of Easington Colliery in County Durham was fined pounds 600 with pounds 60 costs.
Gareth Rankin, from Lanarkshire, raised it with the Scottish National Flying Club but secretary Andrew Garven wrote to members saying they felt "there is no case to answer".
He was also a bantam fancier
and was a former president of Holmfirth Bantam Fanciers
' Club and a member of the Northern Poultry Club.
Among those releasing homing pigeons into the air on the day is local fancier
Dennis Sanders, who will be launching 20 birds from his home in Newton Road, Great Barr.
, 60, of Norwich, said: "I lost five pigeons in the race so I was very surprised that one had turned up in America.
The RPRA website says: ``It is wrong that a fancier
cannot even legally protect his pigeons in his own garden from sparrow hawk attacks.