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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This season our team have had amazing results for our ongoing Black-billed gull project. Altogether, we have successfully banded 870 chicks on the Maruia and Wairau Rivers. We also have almost reached 8000 recorded sightings of banded Black-billed gulls. Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers who have helped out on our banding days and continue to sight banded gulls.
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Biz and the team headed out to the Shiant Isles recently to complete the final check phase following the eradication of black rats from the island two years ago. Biz, John, Jack and Will along with volunteers Rebecca, Ian and Alister and Charlie from RSPB went out on Thursday 1st February to spend four weeks on the islands to confirm whether rats have been eradicated or not. Adam from Access Techniques Ltd joined the team for the first week to do climbing refresher training and assisting with the climbing as well. Robin from RSPB will also join the team for the last week as well. The team had been busy prior to leaving preparing all the monitoring equipment (making thousands of blocks of flavoured wax, see photos below), checking climbing and other equipment, ordering food and packing everything up ready for departure.
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Pat, Dan, Kailash and Danielle were all on Lady Alice Island in the Hen and Chicken Islands recently carrying out work on Flesh-footed shearwaters. They were checking study burrows to determine breeding success and putting GPS loggers on birds to track where they are feeding between incubation stints.
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On the 5th day of #EnviroChristmas, Auckland’s Libby Christophers gave to me…a campaign to save the Māui dolphins! Libby has launched a social media campaign, Maui Movement, and created her own website with the goal of educating consumers. She attended YELF in 2015 and won a trip to San Francisco in the Action For Nature ‘International Young Eco-Hero’ awards for her incredible work. Libby also participates in local projects around Auckland for tree planting, beach clean-ups and has helped release rare animals onto the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Libby says "It’s our job to give a voice to those without one. I love participating in this way - making a difference for people and wildlife in my backyard" You go girl! Macleans College Auckland Council Auckland Youth Department of Conservation The Sir Peter Blake Trust

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Mike and Pat headed down south last to week to Glenorchy to work with the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust conducting braided river bird surveys of the Dart and Rees Rivers. Over two days we surveyed 19km of the Dart River and 17km of the Rees River. We got some spectacular weather and counted many birds including banded dotterel, black-fronted terns, black-billed gulls, wrybill and one godwit who was unusually far inland! These surveys give the trust a baseline measure which they hope to improve on with their new trap network being set up around the braided rivers. Many thanks to the Trust and volunteers who helped conduct the river bird surveys.
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