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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Pat and Holly have arrived on Ohinau Island to continue the flesh-footed shearwater project. This will be a busy field trip with the aim to identify both partners in each of the 220 study burrows established back in April. However todays job is getting the gear ashore, carried up the hill, and the camp site set up.
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Biz has been monitoring black-backed gull nest sites in the Wellington area including on Taputeranga, Island Bay. As well as a good number of gull nests being located and over 40 adults roosting on the shingle spit, there was at least 10 variable oystercatcher nests and one reef heron nest on the island. Interestingly a number of pied shags and spotted shags were using the coastal rock stacks as roost sites.
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Field assistant Paula Harborne surveying the Wairau River for banded Black-billed Gulls.
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Our two resident endemic shags that are the focus of our census, the Chatham Island and Pitt Island shags. Two real beauties.
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Dave and Hamish using the WMIL naiad on Te Whanga lagoon in the Chatham Islands during the census of Chatham and Pitt Island shags. They spent a the afternoon cruising the lagoon checking and counting known and possible breeding locations. As the Chatham shags were photographed from the plane during the aerial census the Pitt shags were the main focus on the naiad trip. 41 breeding pairs of Pitt shags were found in 3 different locations, two associated with Chatham Shag colonies. Was a great afternoon with some close views of the shags on some amazing rock islands as colonies.
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