Mike Hill (Owner)
Falling into bird of prey management entirely by chance, Mike found a leaflet for a beginner’s course whilst interviewing for a position as a student at Merristwood Campus, Guildford. Here he completed a 10 week course, and also met his good friend and mentor Marina Harkins. After a successful interview he continued onto study animal management for two years, specialising in Birds of Prey, in his first year he went to complete a work experience placement at a successful experience day site, which provided more close friends and contacts. In his second year, Mike successfully bred his first bird, a young barn owl named Polo. Mike continued his hobby throughout the remaining time at Merristwood, and slowly his collection grew. Soon enough, Mike’s collection grew to consist of a falcon, buzzard, and several owls. It was now apparent that he had to make a choice; Find new homes for his collection of birds, and get a job, or continue with his passion, and try to make a living from what he loves.
As you can probably guess, he chose the latter.
Moving to Ross on Wye, Herefordshire in 2011, Mike continues displaying his birds, and sharing his love for these wonderful animals.
“I absolutely love what I do, it is a great deal of work, but what I do and see everyday makes it totally worth it. My great passion is now showing people how rewarding it can be to work with these birds, but also the work and responsibility that goes into caring for these creatures.”
Lorna is a qualified VN (Veterinary Nurse) Very keen on the medical side of falconry. She worked for several years at Kynoch Vets in Hampshire, and now works with Hilltop BoP, assisting in any office work and training birds. She helps with shows, and does a great deal of behind the scenes work. She has also been greatly involved in many rescue cases that have been diverted to us.
Hayleigh was born into the falconry world, she had no choice on the matter, but like her mother and father, she adores the life. She helps with almost every aspect of Hilltop Birds of Prey, be it feeding, training, cleaning, even web-design!