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.

Wildlife Management International

Recent updates

Possibly not the most exciting photo for such an important milestone, but take a look at the bottom left of this screenshot from our database and you will see we have reached over 10,000 band sightings of our black-billed gull study. Mike spent part of New Year’s Eve out at the colony on the Wairau River to get over this milestone in 2018. The colony here has been progressing really well, and the colony is looking like it might fledge around 500 chicks. This is our most intensely studied colony and seems fitting that this is the site for such a significant record. Thanks a million to all the people out there who have sent us their records, each and every one of them is important, and is building up a neat picture of these birds lives. So Thanks heaps and keep those sightings flowing in! ... See moreSee less

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Wow - its been a while since our last update! Just about all the breeding Chatham Island Taiko have returned now & are sitting on eggs, we're just waiting on one male to come in & take over from his partner, and we've got 33 eggs - exactly the same number as last season. We were hoping we could have 35 breeding pairs at the start of the season but one of the females in Sweetwater never returned after the winter, that put us down to 34, but then the old female in the Waipurua we were sure had died last season returned after being away for 11 months, so that put us back up to 35. One of the old males in the Tuku came back, spent 3 nights in his burrow but hasn't been seen since, so that put us back down to 34 again, but then one of the females in Sweetwater didn't lay an egg - she is only four years old & would have been the youngest bird known to have an egg but she did everything right, apart from the most important bit, so we've ended up with 33 eggs. We're going to need a new white board soon!

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Wildlife Management International added 3 new photos.

'WMIL is helping local Chatham Island landowners Bruce and Liz Tuanui in partnership with The Chatham Island Taiko Trust manage and restore a predator proof fenced private coastal sanctuary ( Gap Sanctuary ) in the South West corner of Chatham Island. Part of that restoration is the annual planting of an ambitious 20,000 trees. WMIL's Dave has been busy lately on tree duty; here's a few pictures of Dave undertaking work on different aspects of the plant restoration side of things.'
1-Potting up Chatham Island Hoho- the Chatham version of the lancewood and a favourite food of the Chatham island Parea ( pigeon ).
2-Tending to some of the 8,000 plants in the nursery at Taiko camp that WMIL is growing.
3-Hand weeding and grubbing around some of the 40,000 plants already planted inside Gap sanctuary; the thistles and senecio have had an amazing growing spring and need to be cleared from around some of the younger seedlings so they don't get smothered.
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Wildlife Management International added 3 new photos.

Pat and Biz have been out on Ohinau Island off Coromandel Peninsula since the beginning of December. They are currently monitoring about 200 breeding burrows as part of an ongoing demographic study that WMIL has been conducting since 2016.

Over 200 new flesh-footed shearwaters have been banded to go along with the many recaptures. And a few Pycroft’s Petrels have been banded as an added bonus!
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The WMIL team were out early this morning, banding 100 southern black-backed gull chicks on the Wairau River as training towards their seabird banding licences. ... See moreSee less

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