Habitats and Wildlife
- Ecosystem restoration including habitat enhancement and species translocations. We are
experienced in implementing translocation and/or establishment programmes for a wide range
of species ranging from common forest birds to various seabirds, reptiles and invertebrates.
- Designing and implementing monitoring programmes to detect species and identify trends in
relative densities (e.g. bird call counts, tracking tunnels to monitor the presence of small
- Surveying – we are experienced in locating and identifying NZ native flora and fauna.
- We are certified bird handlers experienced in catching, processing and banding a wide range of
species such as passerines (e.g. robins, tomtits and rifleman), parrots (e.g. kaka and kakariki),
seabirds, kiwi and takahë.
- Management of introduced mammals and invasive plants (e.g. designing or implementing small
or large scale monitoring, control or eradication programmes).
Project Management and People Engagement
- Preparation of strategic, management and operational plans including project restoration plans,
species translocation plans, wildlife handling/monitoring permits and Standard Operating
- Project management (ranging from ‘starting up’ advice through to complete project
management, we will guide the process to ensure an agreed outcome is achieved).
- Community and volunteer engagement (e.g. facilitating or running training programmes for
individuals or community groups including wildlife monitoring and predator trapping).
- Nature education – we can facilitate and/or lead nature education programmes for all ages.
Tamsin Ward-Smith ( M. Sc. in Ecology) Managing Director and Consulting Ecologist
Tamsin completed her MSc. in Ecology in 1992 and after traveling and working overseas, managed DOC Boundary Stream Mainland Island for four years and later privately owned Cape Sanctuary in Hawke’s Bay for 10 years, where she coordinated numerous species translocations and ecosystem
restoration programmes. Tamsin is passionate about positively connecting people from all ages and walks of life with our unique wildlife.
Kay Griffiths (PG Dip. Wildlife Management) Managing Director and Consulting Ecologist
Kay has been involved in scientific studies and nature conservation for the last 25 years through working with DSIR, DoC and running The Conservation Company, which has been operating throughout the lower North Island since 2005. Kay is super passionate about all our native flora and fauna, has
great facilitation skills and loves a challenge!