Hill Bank Field Station

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Hill Bank Field Station, home of the Morelet Crocodile and Yellow-Headed Parrot.  Hill Bank Field Station was established in 1995 and is one of two facilities located on the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA), managed by Programme for Belize.   Once inhabited by the ancient Mayan, Hill Bank Field Station also served as a logging camp.

Established as far back as the 1700s by British buccaneers and African slaves, Hill Bank acted as a center for Mahogany harvesting for over 300 years.  Trees were pulled from the forest to the lagoon, initially by oxen and later by train where they were offloaded, chained together, and floated downstream to Belize City for processing.  In the 1950s it is estimated that approximately 400 men, women, and children lived at Hill Bank. By 1982 the mahogany supply was depleted and Hill Bank was abandoned.

Today, Hill Bank is a working conservation field station, committed to managing the conservation of Belize’s natural heritage.  With a workforce of up to 30 individuals, Hill Bank is home to a diverse crew of rangers, forestry personnel, and a host of others committed to rain forest protection, research, and development.

At Hill Bank Field Station, visitors are welcome to explore the beauty of the New River Lagoon, the pristine rain forest, and the indigenous wildlife on the RBCMA.  Guests can enjoy day visits or overnight stay in either private cabanas with private bath or dormitory rooms with a shared bath.