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 joined Anguilla National Trust (ANT) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on Sombrero to assess the feasibility of eradicating house mice from the island. Bird counts, lizard counts and checks of the island infrastructure were completed during the visit. The endemic Sombrero ground lizard is one of the special reptiles on the island as well as an anole and dwarf gecko. Hundreds of brown and masked boobies, bridled terns and brown noddies nest on the island.
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The first phase of the Prickly Pear Cay brown rat eradication has been completed. Biz and the team have left the island after a very successful nine-week operation. Rat sign ceased on Prickly Pear East on 17 April and on Prickly Pear West on 21 April. Bait take by rats was very different between the islands with much higher levels on Prickly Pear West. This island holds much higher numbers of seabirds and this could be one of the reasons for the higher numbers of rats. Anguilla National Trust (ANT) will be monitoring the wildlife on the island as well as maintaining monthly biosecurity checks. Biz will be returning to Anguilla in the future to assist ANT with the final check.
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WMIL team members Pat and Paula have recently returned from Lady Alice Island (part of the Hen and Chicken Islands) and Ohinau Island, where they have been monitoring flesh-footed shearwaters. On the trip 214 chicks were measured, weighed and banded, before they fledge to the North Pacific. This makes for almost 2000 flesh-footed shearwaters that the WMIL team has successfully banded over the past 2 and a half seasons!
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The Prickly Pear Cays brown rat eradication is progressing well. There is very little sign of rats left on either island. The team will be starting the monitoring phase shortly to detect any surviving rats. There has been lots of other activities for the team to assist with on the island as well as working on the eradication project. Researchers from the University of Roehampton have been putting tracking devices on brown boobies and red-billed tropicbirds to see where they are foraging. A juvenile Lesser Antilles iguana (Iguana delicatissima) was released on Prickly Pear East, joining the other individuals on the island (which is a safe location away from the invasive green iguana which can hybridise with Lesser Antilles iguana). Almost half of the permanent bait stations have been established on Prickly Pear West and the remaining stations, and all of those of Prickly Pear East will be completed over the next few weeks – these stations will be maintained by Anguilla National Trust as part of the islands’ biosecurity.
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Biz is currently in Anguilla directing the brown rat eradication on the Prickly Pear Cays for Anguilla National Trust (ANT) and Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources. Biz and Skip have been working alongside Farah, Kim, Clarissa, Janeczka, Devon, Tashim, Giovanni, Jay, OG, Mata and Courtney (from ANT), Louise and Kelly (from the University of Roehampton), Tahambay and Sean (from Environmental Awareness Group, Antigua) and Jonas and Karl (from L’Agence Territoriale de l’Environnement, Saint-Barthélemy). The bait station grids have been established on both islands (Prickly Pear East and Prickly Pear West) and baiting has begun. Rat take is increasing across both islands. Biz has trained ANT staff on rat trapping and dissection techniques. Biodiversity monitoring of lizards, land-birds, seabirds and iguana is also being completed to gather baseline information to compare to future data following the rat eradication.
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