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Notorious egg thief on the run

jeffrey-lendrumJeffrey Lendrum, a notorious international falcon egg thief, has gone on the run in Brazil and there are fears he may well turn up back in the UK this year to go after peregrine eggs.

In January 2016 Lendrum, 55, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail after being convicted of being in possession of rare falcon eggs at Sao Paulo airport, enroute from Chile to Dubai (see here). However, he had recently appealed his sentence and the Brazilian authorities released him on bail pending his appeal.

He has since disappeared.

Lendrum has a string of previous convictions for falcon egg smuggling, dating back as far as 1984 in Zimbabwe. In 2002 he was arrested in Canada for stealing peregrine and gyrfalcon eggs. In 2010 he was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in the UK (reduced to 18 months on appeal) after being caught with 14 peregrine eggs at Birmingham Airport. He’d stolen them from nests in south Wales and was enroute to Dubai (see here).

If you’re involved with monitoring peregrine sites in the UK, keep an eye out for this face.

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5 Responses to “Notorious egg thief on the run”


  1. January 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    An utterly sad man who desperately requires therapy.

  2. 2 BSA
    January 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Lendrum and other egg collectors receive hefty jail sentences in the UK, while it took until 2014 in Scotland for a gamekeeper to get a (much shorter) custodial sentence. No sympathy for egg collectors but it tells you a lot about the double standards applied where criminals on sporting estates are concerned.

  3. 3 Secret Squirrel
    January 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Nothing sad or misguided. This guy is not an egg collector, he is a thief who steals wild falcon eggs for the falconry trade In the Arab Stats

  4. 4 Paul V Irving
    January 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Technically yes this man is an egg thief but he is no egg collector. He is essentially a illegal falcon dealer smuggling eggs throughout the world to be reared in the Middle East for falconry, making a handsome profit in the process. what is not clear is whether these eggs are stolen to order but what ever is the answer to that the buyers/ rearers must know that these are internationally stolen eggs/ chicks and therefore illegal . Sadly such moral terpitude seems to be ignored or forgotten in the desire for these birds. i have no sympathy for Lendrum he is an international wildlife criminal and deserves similar sentencing to drug smugglers and his customers if found should be prosecuted under Cites regulations.

  5. January 8, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I think we are all great lovers of our wildlife here and therefore this man , when captured, needs locking up and this would show others that this crime is not acceptable.


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