Collaborative Partners

 

Quercus is built on a solid foundation of partnership. One of our main aims is to promote practical collaborations between academia and other organisations. We strive to involve specialist experts in each project we undertake to ensure project success.

 

Collaborators may contribute financial support; in the case of Government organisations, expertise; in the case of other academic institutions, access to field sites or resources; in the case of conservation organisations or the engagement of the public and dissemination of the results to a non-scientific audience; in the case of charities.

 

Past and current collaborators are listed in alphabetical order:

 

 

Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute

The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) is a relatively recent amalgamation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI). AFBI is a DARD Non-Departmental Public Body. They carry out research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for DARD and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies.

 

 

Ballinderry Fish Hatchery Ltd.

Ballinderry Fish Hatchery Ltd is a non-profit taking community business owned by the Ballinderry River Enhancement Association (BREA). The hatchery rears around 1.5 million native Ballinderry Dollaghan trout, river brown trout and salmon each year. Quercus has collaborated with the Hatchery on a number of projects on the aquaculture of the globally endangered Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and highly threatened White-clawed Crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes).

 

 

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) aim to promote and protect sport shooting and the well-being of the countryside throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. They represent interests including wildfowling, game and rough shooting, deer stalking, pigeon shooting, pest control and the practical conservation of habitat. Quercus are currently collaborating with BASC members to aid the collection of diving ducks from Lough Neagh.  

 

Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council has a remit to tackle issues involving the environment within the city of Belfast from environmental health and air quality to biodiversity, conservation and wildlife education. Quercus has won funding from Belfast City Council for a number of projects including a study of Red Squirrel Reintroductions to City Parks, the Belfast Hills Upland Heath Survey 2008 and the Belfast Hills Mammal Survey 2008.

 

 

Belfast Hills Partnership

The Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) is made up of representatives from local councils, government departments, community groups, nature conservation organisations and businesses. They are committed to caring for the Belfast Hills systems, its wildlife and people. Quercus has won a number of BHP funded projects through competitive tender including the Belfast Hills Mammal Survey 2008 and the Belfast Hills Upland Heath Survey 2008.

 

Better Belfast

 

Better Belfast was an initiative spearheaded by Bryson Charitable Group involving Belfast City Council, Entrust and the Landfill Communities Fund. The aim of the collaboration was to improve living conditions, including the environment within Belfast. Quercus has received funding from the Better Belfast initiative under competitive tender for projecting looking at Birds, Bees and Biodiversity in Belfast (‘the 4Bs project’).

 

Bryson Charitable Group

 

Bryson Charitable Group is a registered charity dedicated to and helping people and improving the environment since 1906. This includes providing a high standard of living for the socio-economically deprived. Quercus won funding from Bryson Charitable Group under competitive tender for a study of Birds, Bees and Biodiversity in Belfast (‘the 4Bs project’).

 

 

British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has been an independent, scientific research trust since 1933; investigating the populations, movements and ecology of wild birds in the British Isles. They specialise in the design and implementation of volunteer wild bird surveys providing a powerful, productive and cost-effective way to monitoring birds populations. Quercus has collaborated with the BTO to train staff to mist-net, handle and ring birds.

 

 

Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity and has been working for the conservation of Lepidoptera and their associated habitats throughout the UK since 1986. The charity aims to halt and reverse dramatic population declines of British and Irish butterfly and moth species. Quercus has collaborated with Butterfly Conservation on a number of projects including a PhD studentship on the conservation of the rare Marsh Fritillary Butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia).

 

 

Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the University of St Andrews . The Centre develops and applies advanced mathematical and statistical methods to practical problems in biology, ecology and geography. Quercus has worked with CREEM for many years on the problems of terrestrial mammal abundance estimation techniques including the Hare Survey of Ireland 2006/07.

 

Central Science Laboratory

 

Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is an executive agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in Great Britain . CSL is dedicated to applying science in protection of food chain safety and environmental health. Quercus collaborated with CSL Woodchester Park on the Badger Survey of Northern Ireland 2007/08.

 

 

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Devlopment (DARD) has responsibility for food, farming, environmental policy and development of the rural sector in Northern Ireland. Quercus has won a number of DARD funded projects under competitive tender including the Badger Survey of Northern Ireland 2007/08.

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is a Government Department in Great Britain. DEFRA aim that everyone can live within their environmental means and they have a remit to tackle climate and secure a healthy, productive and diverse natural environment.

 

 

Department of Employment and Learning

 

The Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) is a Government Department in Northern Ireland . It aims promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy. Quercus has won a number of DEL research grants for PhD studentships.

 

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DOEHLG) is an executive Department of the Republic of Ireland Government. The Department’s core functional areas include water and natural heritage and the environment in general. It aims include achieving a high quality environment with effective environmental protection, effective conservation of our natural heritage and biodiversity and to address climate change.

 

 

EnviroCentre

EnviroCentre is a consultancy organisation providing environmental appraisals to blue chip companies, independent traders, large development consortia, small private developers, government development agencies, academia, educators, and industry professionals tasked with policy and strategy. Quercus has and continues to collaborate with EnviroCentre on a number of invasive species projects including the Invasive Species Ireland Project.

 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

In the Republic of Ireland , the Environmental Protection Agency protects the environment through its licensing, enforcement and monitoring activities. Quercus won joint funding from EPA Ireland and NPWS to host an All-Ireland Mammal Workshop during 2004.

 

 

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

 

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK with interests including the natural environment. Quercus won funding from the foundation for the Special Protection and Local Action for Species and Habitats (SPLASH) project.

 

 

Froglife

Froglife is a UK wildlife charity that has been committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles since 1989. It undertakes local and national schemes to promote public awareness of amphibian and reptile conservation issues. Engagement with the public is one of its central aims. Quercus collaborated with Froglife on the Northern Ireland Smooth Newt Survey 2004.

 

 

Irish Coursing Club

The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) regulates and controls hare coursing activity throughout Ireland. Hare coursing is a field sport in which a live hare is persued by muzzled greyhounds to test the speed and agility of the participating dogs.  Previously, the Dungannon Coursing Club has assisted Quercus with field operations and sampling while the ICC have made their activities transparent to assist the publication of a paper on the Factors associated with hare mortality during coursing.

 

 

INTERREG IIIC

INTERREG IIIC is an EU-funded programme that helps Europe’s regions form partnerships to work together on common projects. By sharing knowledge and experience, these partnerships enable the regions involved to develop new solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges. Quercus has won funding from INTERREG IIIC for a North-South Shared Aquatic Resource project.

 

National Museums

 

National Museums Northern Ireland (MAGNI)  host the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) was established in 1995 by the Ulster Museum , with the active support of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). They also host the Habitas; an online environmental resource.

 

 

National Trust

The National Trust is a government-independent charity. The Trust protects over 300 historic houses and gardens, 49 industrial monuments and mills and numerous wild environments most of which are open to the public. The Trust has often allowed Quercus to work on their sites including Divis and the Black Mountain during the Belfast Hills Upland Heath Survey 2008 and the Belfast Hills Mammal Survey 2008.

 

Natural Research

 

Natural Research Ltd is a research charity registered in Scotland , whose mission is to "conduct objective research to underpin the wise management of wildlife resources". Natural Research specialises in raptor ecology and has collaborated with Quercus on a recent project looking that the Ecological and breeding parameters of Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus).

 

Natural Environment Research Council

 

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funds world-class science in universities that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Their priorities are the major environmental issues of the 21st century including climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards.

 

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is an executive agency within the Department of the Environment (DOE) Northern Ireland. NIEA takes the lead in advising on, and in implementing, the Government's environmental policy and strategy in Northern Ireland. The largest collaborative venture with which Quercus is associated is the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast and NIEA.

 

 

National Parks & Wildlife Service (ROI)

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) is an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DOEHLG) in the Republic of Ireland. It aims to secure the conservation of a representative range of ecosystems and maintain and enhance populations of flora and fauna in Ireland. Quercus has won numerous contracts from NPWS under competitive tender including the Hare Survey of Ireland 2006/07.

 

 

People's Trust for Endangered Species

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), previously known as the Mammals Trust UK, is a registered charity and has been helping to ensure a future for many endangered species throughout the world since 1977. It advocates conservation based on sound scientific evidence. Quercus has won a number of research grants from PTES including a review of Pine Martin sightings in Northern Ireland a Red squirrel survey.

 

 

Plantlife International

Plantlife International is a charity dedicated exclusively to conserving all forms of plant life in their natural habitats, in the UK, Europe and across the world. Plantlife International engages in conservation programmes involving the Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England, IUCN, NIEA, NPWS, Scottish Natural Heritage and numerous other charitable trusts, companies and individuals. Quercus is currently collaborating with Plantlife International on a project examining the Conservation of Juniper in Ireland .

 

 

RPS Group

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development of natural resources, land and property, the management of the environment and the health and safety of people. Quercus have collaborated with RPS on a number of projects including the North-South Shared Aquatic Resources and Assessing risks and monitoring water quality in the marine environment.

 

 

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Northern Ireland is primarily concerned with the conservation of wild birds and the habitats on which they depend in Northern Ireland. Quercus has collaborated with RSPB on a range of projects including studies of predator control, ground nesting birds and seabird ecology on Rathlin Island as well as other projects, for example, studying the efficacy of agri-environment schemes for over-wintering finches.

 

 

Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment

The Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA) at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), University of St. Andrews is a contract-funded research group specializing in the development of new statistical methods and innovative applications of existing methods for assessing wildlife population size. Quercus has worked with RUWPA on the problems of terrestrial mammal abundance estimation including during the Hare Survey of Ireland 2006/07.

 

 

Ulster Wildlife Trust

 

The Ulster Wildlife Trust (UWT) is one of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK . The trust is a registered charity and aims to engage local people with environmental issues including the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystems, species and habitats. The trust manages a number of nature reserves throughout Northern Ireland for biodiversity.

 

 

Woodland Trust

  

 

The Woodland Trust is the UK 's leading woodland conservation charity.