Our Team

Mike Bell

Managing Director

Mike has had an interest in birds since a small child and has developed this into a career in avian conservation and research. With a BSc in ecology and over twenty years of practical experience he has a widely versatile skill set; including endangered bird research, monitoring and management; predator eradication and control; bird capture, banding and tracking; project management and development.

Mike is dedicated to community based conservation and is committed to helping provide local communities with the skills and resources needed to achieve positive outcomes for species and habitats.

Biz Bell

Senior Ecologist

Biz has always been interested in islands and their ecosystems, particularly birds, reptiles and frogs. Biz completed an MSc in conservation ecology and has over twenty year’s field experience on invasive species management, ornithological and herpetological projects on islands. With such experience, Biz has an impressive array of skills which can assist your project, including project management, invasive species eradication, eradication feasibility assessments, biosecurity plan development, avian research and management, endemic reptile and amphibian research, management and data analysis.

Biz has led a number eradication projects on islands around the world including in the United Kingdom, Mauritius and Madeira. She currently runs significant long term studies including an on-going 19-year study on the breeding biology, population dynamics and at-sea distribution and behaviour of black petrel, and the monitoring of endemic frogs on Marlborough Sounds Islands.

Toni Bell

Officer Manager

Toni is responsible for the smooth running of our business by ensuring all the admin is taken care of, and as such is a key pivot in our operation. In addition Toni also participates out in the field during some projects, assisting in trapping and bird research. This provides her with a good understanding of our business, and hence the ability to support staff and clients better.

Nikki McArthur

Ecologist

Nikki is the newest addition to our team and brings with him over ten years’ experience monitoring New Zealand’s biodiversity, with a particular focus on monitoring the population dynamics of native birds. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation Biology, he spent several years researching North Island robins in the central North Island before spending the next seven years working in the local government sector, helping to run a biodiversity monitoring programme in the greater Wellington region. This experience has enabled him to develop strong native vegetation, pest animal and bird monitoring skills, as well as a good understanding of local government legislation and policy. A keen member of Birds New Zealand, Nikki has also been involved in a number of community-led species re-introduction projects and for the past four years has volunteered his time to assist with monitoring the critically endangered Chatham Island black robin on Mangere and South East Islands. As a keen birder, Nikki also has a strong interest in encouraging other birders to act as ‘citizen scientists’ by collecting and sharing high quality bird monitoring data that can be used by researchers and resource managers to make better-informed decisions about the conservation management of birds and their habitats in New Zealand.