What we do

Keystone Ecology creates habitats.

The term habitat typically refers to the zone in which the organism lives and where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction.

We create sites with high levels of biodiversity which is a direct result of a very selective planning process. We take pride in the successful establishment of native vegetation and the attraction of native wildlife that can be observed at our previous projects. Keystone Ecology will ramify any issues you may have if the quality of work is not to standard, as we take pride in all the projects we are hired to fulfil. Keystone Ecology staff care about the environment and the work that they do and so they will always strive to put nature first by doing the best job possible.

About Niall Mugan

Niall has worked in ecological restoration in NZ for the last 11 years.  He established Keystone Ecology so that he could pursue his desire to instil environmental integrity in restoring Canterbury’s flora and fauna. 

For many years in his youth Niall volunteered at his local ornithological group, participating in surveys and bird counts. Once he finished school, he studied at Bangor University in North Wales where he received his BSc Ecology degree, with honours. While at university he featured in a BBC wildlife Christmas documentary about birds 2001.

His first job in conservation was on the Farne Islands National Nature Reserve in the north of England, UK. Here he helped to protect and monitor one of Britain’s largest sea bird colonies, as well as monitoring the breeding success of grey seals on several different islands. After this Niall moved on to Blakney Point (NNR) in Norfolk where he was involved in protecting the largest sandwich tern colony in Britain.

He gained a permanent post as Assistant Ranger for Teignbridge District Council on Dawlish Warren (NNR). He spent three years at this site. His main responsibilities included giving talks and guided walks to schools and Universities.

Niall has also worked for Birdwatch Ireland. This was a research project studying the seasonal distribution and habitat use of chough populations (a Eurasian and North African member of the crow family).