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.

Wildlife Management International

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The WMIL team were out early this morning, banding 100 southern black-backed gull chicks on the Wairau River as training towards their seabird banding licences. ... See moreSee less

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As part of our summer black-billed gull monitoring we spent some time at a large colony located on the Charwell River, a tributary of the Conway River. In amongst a colony of 1,800 pairs we located a metal banded gull with a highly worn band. Using a drop trap over the birds nest Patrick managed to catch this bird and replace its worn metal band. The gull was banded as a chick in 1995, making it 23 years old. It was banded at Marble Point on the Waiau River about 55km away. So far this is the oldest black-billed gull record we have, but we are awaiting news from the banding office to see how it stacks up with their records. ... See moreSee less

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We are in week 5 of the black-fronted tern breeding season, and the first chicks are beginning to hatch! The WMIL team will continue monitoring the terns on the Clarence and Acheron Rivers until the last nest hatches.
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The field season has officially started with the first black-fronted tern nest found on the Clarence River last week. The WMIL team will be monitoring the breeding success of the endemic species over the next couple of months on the Acheron and upper Clarence Rivers in Canterbury.
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Since 2009, WMIL and Birds New Zealand Marlborough have been leading a study to investigate the movements and survival of Black-billed Gulls breeding in Marlborough. On the Wairau River alone we have successfully banded 2,111 Black-billed Gull chicks, each with a metal and an easy to read white darvic leg band. From our banding and re-sighting efforts we have been able to gain a greater understanding of their dispersal behaviour and wintering quarters. As shown in the maps, most of Wairau’s Black-billed Gulls are seen wintering in Marlborough, with some wintering in Kaikoura and as far as the North Island. Re-sightings at colonies have also recorded Wairau River chicks breeding on the Takaka, Motueka, Buller, Maruia, Awatere, Clarence, Waiau and Hurunui Rivers. Please continue to keep an eye out for banded Black-billed Gulls, and send your sightings into us, as every sighting is important.
First map - “Wintering grounds where Wairau’s Black-billed Gulls have been re-sighted”
Second map - “Colonies other than the Wairau River where Wairau’s Black-billed Gulls have been sighted breeding”
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