Malta Falconers Club honoured by patronage of Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem

Photo Credit: Marco Aquilina

On the 27 April 2019, the Malta Falconers Club was presented protocol under the patronage of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem by His Highness Prince Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem Don Basilio Cali of San Lorenzo, in the presence of the Order’s dignitaries, Malta Falconers Club committee members and guests.

The strong ties of falconry in Malta genuinely relate with the Knights Order of St John, and falconry is one of the oldest hunting practices which is still performed today as has been done for the past 4,000 years. Every year, on the second day of November, a peregrine falcon used to be donated to King Charles V as part payment for the Maltese islands tenancy. Falconry was one of the Knights primary recreational practices, and at the time only the Grand Falconer could grant rights to hunt with falcons on the Maltese Islands.

Photo Credit: Marco Aquilina

Guests at this event included a delegation from the Order of St John of Jerusalem, officials from the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) – which has helped significantly to regulate the practice of Falconry in Malta, to the extent that today International Falconers regard Malta’s respective framework legislation as one of the best in Europe – and the Vice-President of the Federation for Hunting & Conservation – Malta (FKNK), since the Malta Falconers Club is an affiliate member of the FKNK.