Based in Blenheim, Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) is an ecological consultancy dedicated to research and conservation of nature. For over 30 years, our team has been working in monitoring, protecting, and managing natural ecosystems both in New Zealand and overseas. Our organised and motivated team is highly trained and can bring specialised skills to your project, no matter how big or small.

We have a strong ornithological back ground, with our team being some of the country’s leading birders. Ensuring that this is more than just a job, we have a real passion for nature, it’s conservation and research.

Clients include central and regional Government conservation and research agencies, non-government conservation organisations and private sector commercial businesses. Many projects involve working with local organisations in a partnership approach, which we see as critical to achieving long term conservation gains.

Here at WMIL we are committed to local action, that’s why a portion of every invoice is donated to New Zealand’s most isolated community conservation group, the Chatham Islands Taiko Trust, to support grass roots conservation.

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    Focused work in these complex ecosystems aimed at providing solutions to protect several endangered birds that rely on these habitats.
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    With over 30 years of experience in the eradication of pests from islands, our team has the skills to assess, design and implement your eradication programme.
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    With a strong ornithological background our team have the skills, experience and training to implement research and conservation projects on any species in any habitat.
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    Working on a wide range of species from gulls to shags and petrels to albatross, our team have developed into leading authorities on several seabird species.
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    With 12 bird species currently listed as endangered, Chatham Islands birds need help, our team works with local community conservation group, the Chatham Islands Taiko Trust, to save these endemic species.
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    With a real belief and commitment to community driven conservation many of our projects are in partnership with local organisations or communities.
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    Our long background and intimate knowledge of the environmental and conservation arena has given us the expertise required to provide these skills to your project
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    Introduced pest control is vital to saving endangered bird species and our team has vast experience in the pest control arena.
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    Our team have vast experience with native frog research, monitoring, and management.

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The black petrels on Great Barrier Island are having a good breeding season this year. During a recent trip to the Mt Hobson/Hirakimata colony Claudia, Nikki, Dianne and Jono found 271 black petrel pairs breeding in the study burrows that we monitor each year , including 200 pairs incubating eggs and a further 64 pairs that had already hatched chicks. Volunteer Jono Walter has kindly shared with us some of his photos of our black petrel parents and their very cute chicks!
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Black-fronted tern chick: Our black-fronted tern monitoring work has now finished for the year, so we’re now busy analysing all of the data we collected over the summer. When going through his photos Nikki found this photo of a newly-hatched black-fronted tern chick, one of the last to hatch this season. Once hatched, young chicks spend their first week or so staying close to the nest and when threatened or disturbed they’ll crouch motionless behind rocks, in long grass or sometimes even beneath the wooden stands we use for our trail cameras in order to escape detection. With their speckled colouration they blend in almost perfectly to their surroundings and can be very difficult to spot! ... See moreSee less

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Sunrise over Lake Wairarapa: Last week Nikki headed north to join a team of local DoC and Greater Wellington Regional Council staff carrying out a shorebird survey along 18 km of the eastern shoreline of Lake Wairarapa. The many hours spent wading through water, mud and tall grass were rewarded with sightings of local rarities including a little egret, Australasian bittern and a single wrybill, as well as over 400 banded dotterels and 380 black-billed gulls. Among the gulls, the team managed to spot two birds banded by Claudia as part of her Marlborough black-billed gull project – one bird from the Clarence River and another from the Wairau River, which just goes to show how far these birds can disperse. Lake Wairarapa is a nationally-significant habitat for shorebirds and has recently been designated an Important Bird Area by Forest & Bird/Birdlife International.
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Bait station on Garbh Eilean with Eilean Mhuire behind.
Hailstones against the Bothy door.
Storm Henry - 1 Feb
Tegan, John and Molly heading out for the day checking stations.
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Biz, Alex, Jo and Iain joined RSPB personnel Jaclyn, Lydia and Holly at the St Agnes School to talk about the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, other projects and places they have worked and listen to the pupils practise their seabird song for the “Thank You Party” later in the month. It was a wonderful day and the children really enjoyed helping make bunting and decorations for the party. They also enjoyed learning about other rat-free islands in New Zealand and the special species (such as tuatara, Hamilton’s frogs, petrels, penguins and weta) that lived there.
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