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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Biz and Nikki have been busy on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island establishing new study burrows along the main ridge on the island – many of which needed new access hatches and numbers. They were assisted by Adam Clow and Ashe Pollock – pulling chicks out from the burrows or access hatches and holding them for Nikki or Biz to band and weigh. Over 100 chicks have been banded and weighed during the three week visit; many were not very far off fledging and making their way to South American waters for the NZ winter.
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Ohinau Island is an amazing place to do field work. One of the spin offs of being on the island was encountering these guys - Middle Island Tusked Weta. They were introduced to Ohinau in 2007, and have thrived. We saw huge numbers, at one stage in an area of a few square metres we counted over 20 individuals. It was a privilege to work in such a neat place, with such unique wildlife! ... See moreSee less

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Claudia banding a flesh-footed shearwater chick on Ohinau Island which has just been removed from a study burrow. Over 180 study burrows have been established during our recent trip as part of the demographic study. Over the next 2 seasons these will be followed to investigate some of the population parameters of this species. ... See moreSee less

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Claudia and Mike are just back from a two week trip to Ohinau Island, off Whitiangi. The main aim was to band as many flesh-footed shearwater chicks as possible for the start of a demographic project which will run for the next 2 seasons. The trip was very successful with over 250 fluffy chicks like this guy banded. ... See moreSee less

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Nikki and Biz along with Adam Clow, Ash Pollock, Joanna Sim and Brook Mells are out on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island surveying the black petrel population and banding all surviving chicks from the study burrows. Transects are being completed by Biz and Nikki with help from Adam and Ash. Additional surveys are also being conducted by Jo and Brook with Jo’s seabird-detector dog Rua. The team is halfway through their trip so far and over 90 chicks have been banded (60 from the study burrows and an extra 30 from random burrows found in the transects or dog surveys). Twenty-three transects have been completed and large areas of the island have been searched by Rua to determine the extent of the black petrel population on the island. Interestingly the majority of black petrel burrows have been located over 400 metres above sea level.
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