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Peel Park Pigeons|
Support for our Pigeons|
We are extremely grateful to Hilton Herbs for their continued support of our school loft and their most kind donations of the supply of remedies and health treatments for our pigeons. Our pigeons continue to keep remarkably healthy and active as a result.
We are also very appreciative that TauRIS UK -The Electronic Clocking Systems specialist have also agreed to donate a system to allow us to measure speeds etc and therefore add a further dimension to work on the curriculum and in out of school activities. We are really grateful to these kind and generous organisations for all their support.
Our new pigeons have been named by the children who look after them, and now have ring numbers ready for them to compete. If you 'fancy' following them here are their details:
New Life in the Loft!|
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Duke and Duchess in Residence|
Our Royal pigeon 'Duke', has now been paired with a female pigeon, which Mr Slattery has named 'Duchess'.
While Mr Slattery was away, he entered Sparkles in her first loft race, and she came third!
We have had other celebrations too - in the RPRA Yearling Races:
Back in the Loft|
The local Newspaper visited Peel Park loft again recently, to celebrate the return of Mr. Slattery and the pigeons.
Keeping up with the Pigeons|
Peel Park Pigeon Loft|
To find out more about pigeons . . .|
Radio Lancashire Visits our Loft|
Pupils are interviewed on North West Tonight|
Report by North West Tonight|
Pigeons, including one sent from the Queen, have become the latest teaching tool at a school in Lancashire.
Students at Peel Park Primary School in Accrington have become amateur pigeon fanciers after using the birds in many of their lessons. A pigeon loft was installed at the school by their lollipop man and keen pigeon racer Terry Slattery. He said: "It all started when I brought in one of my winning pigeons and the kids became really interested."
One of the students, Kamran Mullah, 10, is a pigeon enthusiast. He said: "We are very proud to have these pigeons, particularly this one that has been sent from the Queen. It is a privilege to have this bird, we are the only school in Britain to have a pigeon belonging to the Queen."
Their headteacher, Judith Williams, however, has admitted that she is terrified of the pigeons. "I am absolutely petrified of them, the children love them but I'm not quite as keen. Terry has even given me a wooden model of a pigeon so i can get used to them."
Kamran pointed to another pigeon with a tail of white feathers and said: "This pigeon is a fantail pigeon. This one attracts all the other pigeons and makes sure they come home. I also collect all the pigeon's droppings and store them in this bucket and then I pour them in the composting bin and then I put the soil into the garden so it will grow."
The birds are also used in maths, geography, science and other lessons across the curriculum.