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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An Adult Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni) in the hands of Alanna Smith, the Cook Islands’ Te Ipukarea Society project officer, a volunteer during our recent trip to Little Barrier Island. Black Petrel’s are endemic to NZ, Nationally Vulnerable, and now only breed on Great Barrier and Little Barrier Islands having been eradicated by invasive predators on the mainland. This adult was incubating an egg, which is shared by both partners for around 57 days. Black Petrel’s lay a single egg, and so should anything happen to the egg, chick or adults then it won’t be until the following year at the earliest that they will produce another one. Despite having no predators on Little Barrier to contend with, a major threat is out at sea where the birds are caught accidentally, or injured, by commercial and recreational fishing vessels. Mitigation to reduce seabird bycatch is ongoing, and has been put in place on commercial fisheries vessels, however recreational fisherman have just as much a responsibility to fish smartly. More is needed to be done to ensure the long term population decline of Black Petrel’s is reversed. ... See moreSee less

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Great Barrier Island holds the largest colony of Black Petrels, with Little Barrier holding the only other colony. These two islands are the final stronghold of this endemic species. The population on Great Barrier is steadily declining at around 1.4% each year due to fisheries by-catch, and the predation of their eggs and chicks by pigs, cats and rats.

Rua the Conservation Dog, staring intently at an adult Black Petrel that he has just sniffed out on Great Barrier Island. Joanna Sim and Brook Mells of DabChickNZ (www.facebook.com/DabChicknz), were carrying out burrow searches throughout the Mt Hobson study area with Rua. Rua is a specially trained wildlife detector dog, helping to safely indicate the presence of endangered bird species such as the Black Petrel. Jo, Brook and Rua were finding new burrows and unbanded adults in the hope of getting a better understanding of establishing the population distribution around the summit.
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Biz is in Antigua preparing for the rat eradication phase of the Redonda Restoration Programme. Redonda supports rare and unique lizards, seabirds and plants of both national and global importance. The black rat are heavily implicated in the severe and ongoing decline of the island’s vegetation and native wildlife populations. The Redonda Restoration Programme is being administered by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, Environmental Awareness Group, Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Management International Ltd and British Mountaineering Council, with support from Caribbean Helicopters and Syngenta Plant Protection AG. Biz will be directing a team of climbers and ground crew from Antigua, UK and Ireland to complete the operation over the next few months. The team heads out to the island shortly after a week of preparation, gathering of equipment and training to begin the rat eradication. Biz and the team will keep us updated on the eradication as it progresses.
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Here are a few pictures from our team of our visit last month to Middle Island where they undertook a census of flesh footed shearwater!
1. One of many amazing views from the Island.
2. One of the transect lines in an area of heavily burrowed ground.
3. WIML team member Dave Boyle checking the content of a flesh footed shearwater burrow using a burrow scope on one of the transect lines.
4. Dinner time!
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Paul Bell and Paula Harborne along with a team of volunteers banding black-billed gull chicks on the Matakitaki river (near Murchison) earlier this season. ... See moreSee less

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