ABOUT US

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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    BRAIDED RIVER

    Focused work in these complex ecosystems aimed at providing solutions to protect several endangered birds that rely on these habitats.
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    INVASIVE SPECIES ERADICATION AND CONTROL

    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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    BIRD RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT

    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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    SEABIRD RESEARCH AND TRANSLOCATION

    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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    CHATHAM ISLANDS CONSERVATION

    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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    COMMUNITY DRIVEN CONSERVATION

    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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    ECOLOGICAL SURVEYS, MONITORING AND RESTORATION

    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 PREDATOR CONTROL

    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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    ENDEMIC FROG RESEARCH

    Our team have vast experience with native frog research, monitoring, and management.
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Biz is currently in Statia (St Eustatis) in the Caribbean advising on the rat control project jointly managed by the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI) and St Eustatis National Parks (STENAPA). Biz has been working with Hannah Madden from CNSI on The Quill (Quill National Park) – the volcano on Statia – establishing rat tracking tunnels and developing a treatment and non-treatment area for assessing the impacts of rats on important native species such as the quail dove, red-billed tropicbirds, red-bellied racer snake and scaly-breasted thrasher.
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Here is another of our new Wellington City bird maps, this time showing the distribution of tui in Wellington. Tui is now one of the most common native forest bird species in Wellington City, which is remarkable given that 30 years ago it was very unusual to spot even a single tui in the city. We detect tui at all of our 100 five-minute bird count stations just about every year, and tui is the bird species that is most frequently reported by local citizen scientists – nearly 4000 observations were submitted to the New Zealand eBird and NatureWatch NZ databases between 2011 and 2017. ... See moreSee less

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Over the past few years, WMIL has been working with Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council to monitor the recovery of native birds in Wellington City. Each year we carry out five-minute bird counts at 100 locations across the city, and we’ve combined this data with thousands of bird observations that have been submitted each year by local ‘citizen scientists’ to online databases such as eBird and NatureWatch NZ. Thanks to the efforts of Zealandia Ecosanctuary, bringing locally-extinct species such as kaka and red-crowned parakeet back to the city, and to Predator Free Wellington’s efforts to create safe habitat for these species beyond Zealandia’s predator-proof fence, we’re now watching our native birds recolonise New Zealand’s capital city. Over the past six years we’ve found that tui, kaka and red-crowned parakeet have become more common, and more widespread in Wellington than they’ve been for many, many decades, and the average number of native bird species that we’ve been detecting at our bird counts stations has also increased over time.

Here's a map showing the distribution of North Island kaka in Wellington City. Since their re-introduction to Zealandia in 2002, kaka have been steadily expanding their distribution in Wellington City and are now being reported from as far north as Johnsonville and as far east as Miramar Peninsula. Have you seen a kaka in Wellington City lately? If so, please send us a message and let us know, or better yet, register on the New Zealand eBird website and add your observation to the thousands of records that Wellington City residents have already contributed.
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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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