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 has just presented the opening keynote address at the 2017 Islands Invasives conference in Dundee. She outlined the history of ground-based bait station rat eradication operations in the UK. The lessons learnt over these operations have helped develop the UK Rodent Eradication Best Practice Toolkit. UK is leading the way in eradicating rats on inhabited islands and sharing these methods with other similar operations around the world. HRH Princess Anne opened the conference and sat in for Biz's talk.
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Biz, Nikki and Skip along with helpers Kim and Darren deployed satellite tracking devices on four juvenile black petrels in May. These juveniles had all left the island by 16 May 2017 and are currently flying across the Pacific to spend the next 2-3 years in coastal waters off the west coast of South America. This track shows the route of a male chick after fledging – he had made it halfway across the Pacific by the end of May.
This is the first time that juveniles have been tracked!
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Patrick spent most of February on Lady Alice Island (part of the Hen and Chicken islands) tracking flesh-footed shearwaters (Puffinus carneipes). The GPS device was attached to the back of the bird while a saltwater immersion logger (to detect when the bird was on the water) was attached to the leg. Holly Kirk has been producing some awesome maps showing where the flesh-footed shearwaters have been going to forage for their newly hatched chicks. The average trip length was just under 500km while one bird flew over 2260km in a single trip!
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Biz has been to the Prickly Pear islands helping the Anguilla National Trust team of Farah, Devon and Lewis to prepare for the brown rat eradication planned for 2018. The rat eradication is part of the Darwin-Plus funded project “Pioneering a new model of Marine Park Management in Anguilla” with the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Antigua National Trust working together along with other project partners. Rat traps, chocolate flavoured wax, tracking plates and trail cameras were set on Prickly Pear East, while only chocolate flavoured wax, tracking plates and trail cameras were set on Prickly Pear West. Due to the difficulty of getting ashore onto Prickly Pear West traps were not set, but rat sign was seen on this island during the survey. All of the monitoring tools detected rat activity and five brown rats were trapped on Prickly Pear East. Rough weather meant the team had interesting day in a passing tropical storm with tents being flooded. They also had to swim off Prickly Pear East to the boat with all their equipment at the end of the three-day visit. Despite the weather, it was a very successful trip with baseline monitoring established for lizards, seabirds and vegetation and the eradication operational requirements being identified as well as the rat monitoring being carried out.
1. Farah and Devon working on Prickly Pear East
2. Panoramic view of Prickly Pear
3. Prickly Pear West from Prickly Pear East
4. Rat droppings on Prickly Pear West
5. Rat footprints on Prickly Pear West
6. Rat footprints on tracking plate
7. Rats in traps
8. Tents in tropical storm
9. View back to Prickly Pear East
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"Dave from WMIL with local Chatham Island children at Te One school during a visit where he talked to them about the Chatham Island Albatross translocation WMIL is conducting for the Chatham Island Taiko Trust. The kids were very enthusiastic and keen to know if the 3 chicks they have sponsored had fledged yet. Great to see so much local support." ... See moreSee less

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