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 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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On 2 March 2018 the Shiants Isles were officially declared rat-free following the black rat eradication operation directed by WMIL on behalf of RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Nicolson family. This project was funded by EU LIFE+ Nature LIFE13 NAT/UK/000209. The project was supported by boat operators Sea Lewis (Engebret Ltd) and Sea Harris Ltd. Biz, Jack, Will and John and a team of volunteers and RSPB staff worked over winter 2015/16 to complete the eradication. The final check has just been completed with over four-weeks of monitoring this February. No sign of rats were found on any of the over 950 monitoring stations across the islands. Rope access and boat work complemented the ground work across all three islands. Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted over the eradication, autumn check and final check – this project couldn’t have been completed without you. Thanks and congratulations to Tom and Adam Nicolson for this result and your support of this eradication project – it has been a pleasure working on your special islands. WMIL looks forward to hearing updates from the RSPB seabird monitoring team and Shiants Ringing Group, including hopefully, news on the return of Manx shearwaters and storm petrels to the Shiants and recovery of all the resident land and seabirds.
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Check out the results of our latest flesh-footed shearwater tracking from Lady Alice Island. This time we were tracking birds during incubation stage and found they were doing much longer trips than expected!

The average trip length was nearly 15 days and each bird on average travelled over 4000km! The birds generally spent time feeding and resting off the West Coast of the North Island between Cape Reinga and Taranaki. However, one bird flew almost 9000km and came within 180km of Lord Howe Island in Australia. Another bird spent days feeding out on the far eastern edge of the Chatham Rise while another bird decided to forage between Westport and Hokitika. This work combined with last years’ tracking results help us to better tell the story of flesh-footed shearwater foraging distribution during the breeding season.
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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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