Originally from Liverpool, UK, Stephen Menzie now lives in Falsterbo, Sweden, where he is the manager at Falsterbo Bird Observatory. Blessed with being able to spend every day in the field, he combines his passion for moult, ageing and identification of birds with ringing and counting as part of Falsterbo’s four-decade systematic migration monitoring programme.
Before coming to Sweden, Stephen worked first with app development in London, including developing the Collins Bird Guide app, before moving to the south coast of England where he spent two years working for The Sound Approach. Stephen sits on the Board of Directors and the Editorial Panel at British Birds, as well as a voting member on the British Birds Rarities Committee. He has been birdwatchings across Europe and the Western Palearctic, particularly in Spain, Morocco and Oman.
Some of his favourite birding comes from the desert regions, where hard-to-find species combine with break-taking scenery to give an unforgettable all-round experience. Combine that will a love for Moroccan food and a fascination with Arabic culture and it’s easy to see why Stephen has chosen to lead the tours that he does!
"Stephen Menzie is a wonderful guide and brings a vast source of knowledge about the local birds. He has an uncanny ability to locate birds by ear. In addition, he also had a store of interesting stories of birds, birding and adventures in Oman and was always willing to answer questions. I really enjoy traveling with guides that bring more than just the location and identification of birds. I would recommend Stephen to anyone considering one of his tours and would definitely travel with him as a guide again."
- Eva L. on Oman
"Stephen was excellent. Top notch guide, wonderful with all of us on the tour as well as dealing with the logistics with the locals. He was very good about directing his attention equally to all of us."
- Mary G. on Morocco in Spring
"Stephen is an exceptional guide, particularly for someone relatively young. He combines superb birding skills (especially by ear) with an impressive ability to manage overall logistics, and problems as they come up."
- Malcolm B. on Morocco in Spring
- Sweden: Autumn Migration at Falsterbo (September 2021)
- Sweden: Autumn Migration at Falsterbo (September 2022)
Updated: February 2017