A pigeon race inspired by World War One took place today. Birds were released from the Belgian city of Ypres - which was the site of a several wartime battles.
They flew the 265 mile race back home to Somerset. And it was fitting because pigeons were actally used in the war effort a hundred years ago. They waited in a Somerset field for the birds that had been released in Belgium only a few hours before. Then - just before lunch they returned home. Just in time for a quick peck to eat.
The winners arrived within five and a half hours - that's a cruising speed of fifty miles an hour. No-one knows for sure how pigeons navigate. Some think it's the earth's magnetic field, others think they read landmarks. Some believe they use the position of the sun. No Matter. They returned safely
These were released in Ypres in Belgium, a hundred years after some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.
The information they were craving today was no-where near as vital. The computer worked out which bird won. To the delight of his owner.