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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Mike and Nikki have recently spent several days visiting the Ashburton River and speaking with many of the agencies and groups involved with managing its environmental health. The lower reaches of the river supports Canterbury’s largest black-billed gull breeding colony and the river mouth provides roosting habitat for up to 12% of Canterbury’s spotted shag population. Despite its significance though, these lower reaches of the river are under serious threat from issues such as woody weed encroachment, disturbance caused by off-road vehicles and depredation by mammalian predators. Over the next three months, WMIL will be working with Environment Canterbury and the various groups involved with the Ashburton River to devise a management plan aimed at tackling these issues in a more coordinated way.
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Nikki and Biz have returned from Hauturu/Little Barrier Island where they, Adam Clow, Ashe Pollock, Joanna Sim, Brook Mells and Rua (Jo’s seabird detector dog) have been busy surveying the island for black petrel breeding burrows. In addition to the study burrows and burrows found on the transects, over 120 extra breeding burrows were located by Rua. The map shows the general locations of each type of burrow (red = study burrows, blue = transect burrows and green = Rua burrows).
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While on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, Biz showed Cathy Mitchell how to band black petrels as part of her DOC Level 1 Banding Licence training. She ably banded a fully feathered black petrel chick that was within days of fledging from the island. Cathy also helped Nikki and Biz complete a number of transects searching for breeding black petrels.
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Exciting news for this black-billed gull colony at the Clarence River – we will be carrying out some management over the next three years to help improve breeding success of these very endangered birds! More details to come later. Do your part by spreading the word about the importance of this endemic species, and remember to keep an eye out for banded birds!
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It might be the start of winter, with all the taiko chicks fledged, but our work in the Chatham Islands continues. First on the list of winter jobs was some maintenance and repairs to the predator proof fence at Sweetwater. This fence is pivot to taiko conservation and the harsh Chathams climate takes its toll. A few sections of capping have started rusting, with a few small holes now appearing. These holed sections have been replaced, and all the remaining spots of rust treated. Not as glamorous as some of the other taiko work, but super critical! ... See moreSee less

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