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 been in Whitianga where she was teaching the students and teachers at Mercury Bay Area School all about black petrels, flesh-footed shearwaters and Seabird Smart Fishing as part of Conservation Week in conjunction with Southern Seabird Solutions Trust and DOC. A fantastic couple of days with lots of interest and thousands of questions from the students about all aspects of biology, life history and working on islands as well as fishing. Great fun had by all with "Bob" the stuffed black petrel advocacy bird and the students really enjoyed learning how to use the technology – bands and banding pliers, tracking devices, and especially the burrowscope as they learnt how to find eggs and birds after constructing ‘homemade burrows’.
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Mike and Nikki have recently spent two stunning days aboard Barry Bird’s Seabird Charters boat, carrying out a survey of seabirds in Tasman and Golden Bays. The survey involved traversing over 250 km of the coastal waters of Golden and Tasman Bays, recording the numbers of all species of seabirds seen. One highlight of the trip involved passing through the notoriously treacherous French Pass, renowned for having the fastest tidal flows of any stretch of water in New Zealand. The survey team encountered a good range of seabirds during the survey, including large numbers of diving petrels, fluttering shearwaters and little penguins, with smaller numbers of white-capped albatrosses, cape petrels, fairy prions, spotted shags and Australasian gannets also encountered. One highlight was the tally of five king shags that were spotted at various locations in the vicinity of D’Urville Island and French Pass. King shags are only found in the outer Marlborough Sounds and are ranked as Nationally Endangered.
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WMIL Staff member Dan Burgin was one of the team which opened up the traps along the Clarence River in July. ... See moreSee less

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Tumbleweed Conservation Fund – proud supporter of the black-billed gull!

The Tumbleweed Tees Conservation Fund is raised by pooling $5 from each adult t-shirt sold without a direct conservation partner. At the end of the 2015/2016 financial year, this money is then donated to four deserving projects/groups/trusts.

We think the work you and your organisation are a very deserving recipient. As you say, it is hard to raise awareness for 'just another gull'. But what people don't realise is that Black-billed Gulls are endemic and in decline. Because our partnered tees often benefit the more charismatic, “flagship” species e.g. kiwi, kakapo etc. one of the main aims of setting up this fund was to support those species like the black-billed gull, that struggle to get as much attention.

Thank you Tumbleweed Tees for supporting the gulls! www.tumbleweedtees.com/
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Although spring still feels a long way away, we have started this seasons trapping in the Upper Clarence River to protect black-fronted tern. The traps were opened in early July, and we have just completed our first trap check. A good start, five feral cats, 8 ferrets, 7 stoats and 1 weasel. The next trap check is this week, and is then every fortnight, so it will be interesting to see how the season progresses. ... See moreSee less

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