As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Threat of no deal Brexit looms over British pigeon racing season

Pigeon racing from liberation sites in France could become a logistical nightmare.  CREDIT: PAUL GROVER/PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH 
 James Crisp, brussels correspondent4 APRIL 2019 • 4:21PM
The British pigeon racing season is at risk from a no deal Brexit, after the EU warned it would impose strict checks on birds crossing the Channel.
Every weekend from April to September, thousands of British pigeons travel in convoys of customised loft-lorries to liberation sites in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
An estimated 16,000 individual birds travel to France alone during the season when weather conditions are safe for channel-crossing on the return flight to the home lofts, hundreds of miles away. 

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