Meet the Team

Discover some of the friendly faces who make our work possible

Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall is run by a small team of employees, supported by a band of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers – we couldn’t run the Hospital without their support.

Mel Duffy (she/her)

Head of Operations

Mel joined Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwal in 2016, as a a clinical assistant, becoming assistant warden in 2021 and head warden in 2022. She’s loved animals from an early age and has worked with animals throughout her career. She started her working life as a kennel maid and later became a veterinary nursing assistant and practice manager of a veterinary surgery. She’s also worked extensively in customer services and retail, giving her an all-round insight into running all aspects of our organisation.

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Holly Blake (they/them)

Deputy Head of Bird Care

Holly joined Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwall in August 2020 as a clinical assistant, having previously worked as a zookeeper at Paradise Park in Hayle, looking after parrots. Holly graduated from Cornwall College Newquay with a degree in Zoology and Conservation, and has had a firm passion for all things avian from a young age. Holly is constantly working to improve patient welfare – and particularly enjoys working with the pigeons, especially the numerous squabs admitted to the hospital every year.

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Rosevean Veterinary Practice

Rosevean vets are Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital Cornwalls local vets, there to help treat our wild birds when we need them. To see more about them visit their website:

Rosevean Veterinary Practice.