Reporting Stray Pigeons – Pigeons with WHU rings belonging to the Welsh Homing Pigeon Union

If a racing pigeon is lost or flown out it may land near a house or garden area to rest. Pigeons eat grain (wild bird seed, corn, dried peas, lentils or even dried rice), if you give it grain and access to water with a little sugar, in most cases the pigeon will eat, rest, then fly off. If it does not leave within a few days and you are able, we suggest you catch and contain the pigeon. Once the bird is contained you may find the phone number of the owner stamped on the wing or on a ring on the birds leg. If no phone numbers are found you can contact the appropriate Organisation according to the ring prefix on the birds leg. In doing this the owner may be notified and arrangements may possibly be made for collection.

If the ring has any other prefix please check the list of other Organisations for more information.
For further advice please telephone 01443 441010 Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4.00pm or email
All rings with the prefix WHU will read, e.g. WHU 2016 A 12345, please ensure you have the full ring number in order for us to locate the owner.

Ring Prefixes other than WHU


GB    Royal Pigeon Racing Association, The Reddings, Nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 6RN, Tel: 01452 713529 email:

IHU  Irish Homing Union.
Serial Letter ‘N’ rings to be reported to: J Hughes, 44 Ashbourne Park, Lambeg, Lisburn, BT27 4NS
Serial Letter ‘S’ rings to be reported to: B McCoughlin 15 St Joseph’s Bungalows, Newry, County Down BT34 4PF
Tel: 07912 261575. Email:
NEHU  North Of England Homing Union, D Power, 58 Ennerdale Road, Walker Dane, Newcastle-upon- Tyne, NE6 4DG.
Tel: 01912 625440, email:
NWHU  North West Homing Union, Mr T Dawber, 279 Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, Nr Wigan, WN6 9RN Tel: 01257 421271 NPA  The National Pigeon Association, Graham Gibbings, 10 Belton Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AB

SU  Scottish Homing Union, Mrs Linda Brookes, 386A Stewarton Street, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 8DU  Tel: 01698 768939, email:

FPA  Fancy Pigeon Association, L Millan, 41 Coopers Road, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk IP5 3SJ, Tel/Fax: 01473 624526


Belg Royal Federation Colombophile Belge, 39 Rue De Livourne, Ixelles, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium, Tel: 00 32 2537 4134, Fax, 0032 2538 5721, email:

DV Verband Deutscher Brieftaubenliebhaber E.V, Essen, D-4513, Scholeinstrasse43, P.O Box 103935 Germany, Tel: 0049 2018 72240, Fax: 0049 2018 772499, email:

ESP Real Federacion Colombofilia Espanola, Eloy Gonzalo, 34 Piso 7 lz’da, 28010 Madrid, Spain

France Federation Colombophile Francais, 54 Boulevard Carnot, 59042 Lille, Cedex, France, Tel: 0033
3200 68287, Fax: 0033 3201 50157, email:

Holland Bureuau NPO, Postbus 60201, 6800 JC Arnhem. Tel 0031-85 2738210, e-mail: Web:

Portugal Federacao Portuguesa De Colombofilia, Rue Artur, Paiva 30, 1100 Lisboa