Survey and monitoring
EcoGecko Consultants are New Zealand’s lizard & frog experts. We do a very wide range of herpetology-related work, including:
- lizard surveys
- Assessments of Environmental Effects (AEE’s)
- obtaining RMA consents and Wildlife Act permits
- lizard management plans (LMP’s)
- mitigation activities required for consent conditions
- conservation management
- applied scientific research
- population monitoring programmes
- advanced statistical analyses and reporting
- taxonomic research
At EcoGecko, we have a team of expert herpetologists across New Zealand.
Ecoworks New Zealand Ltd provides independent environmental management services throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.
We are known both here in New Zealand and internationally as an organisation that produces world class results, uses recognised best practice and management protocols and at the same time incorporates unique and novel ideas into conservation management to suit your budget.
Ecoworks prides itself on producing service excellence in a wide range of conservation management fields to a wide range of clients. We are also about the people ‘He Tangata’, an experienced management and operational team who share the passion and vision of our clients.
We develop and manage projects of all sizes; from the smallest privately owned pest control project to large government or corporate conservation mitigation projects.
Keystone Ecology is a small specialist company which is involved with a wide range of conservation projects. The focus of the company is geared towards creating habitats. Birds are indicators of habitat types and our knowledge informs the client as to the potential of a site.
Parker Conservation is a small family business run by Kevin, Graham and Kalinka. We provide expertise in management and research in natural and production landscapes. Our particular specialties are as follows:
We have been directly involved in more than 50 reintroductions of 8 species since 1999, 34 of which we have led. We provide a full spectrum of translocation services in New Zealand and internationally. This includes advising on the feasibility of translocation projects, planning and designing suitable methodologies, leading translocations and post-release monitoring.
Conservation Restoration Services
Effective and efficient conservation requires informed and considered planning. We write, review, conduct and advise on restoration and translocation plans, pest control, wildlife health screening and monitoring programmes for ecological restoration. We also provide training and workshops in ecological monitoring, particularly the safe capture, handling and sampling of birds.
Southern Ocean Ecosystems and Seabirds
Southern Ocean ecosystems pose a unique set of challenges. Many seabirds are impacted at sea by commercial fisheries and pollution, and a swathe of island species are affected by introduced mammals and plants. Given these threats, it is critical that accurate information informs conservation management.
Scientific research is essential for effective conservation. Our research encompasses both conservation theory and practice with a focus on reintroduction biology and Southern Ocean ecosystems and seabirds. Our combined output includes more than 52 scientific publications along with extensive applied research for conservation management.
North Island office: PO Box 130, Warkworth 0941
South Island office: 126 Mary Hill Terrace, Dunedin 9011
59 Patiki Rd
Te Ngahere is a solution focused organisation that specialises in providing both public and private clients with excellent best practice services. The service covers a range of ecological restoration services of native bush (animal and plant pest management).
Our main areas of expertise have evolved from an initial desire to restore and protect New Zealand’s biodiversity and native forest environment. These have morphed into ecological restoration (protecting and enhancing), and consultancy (advice and solutions), specializing in invasive species management.
We are operationally grounded and have built our reputation from providing and building solutions that work in the real world. This means that, whether you speak to us about an ecological assessment, pest management and restoration frameworks, you are going to get an effective solution that will encompass community, environment and financial concepts.
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!
Wildlands provides specialist skills and project implementation in relation to ecology, biodiversity, ecological restoration and revegetation, survey and monitoring, assessments of ecological effects, environmental monitoring, indigenous flora and fauna, exotic pest plants and animals, and wetland restoration.
The company has a strong track record, and is staffed by experienced and committed ecologists.