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:
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 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).
The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) aim to promote and protect sport shooting and the well-being of the countryside throughout the
Belfast City Council has a remit to tackle issues involving the environment within the city of
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.
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
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
Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity and has been working for the conservation of Lepidoptera and their associated habitats throughout the
The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the
Central Science Laboratory (CSL) is an executive agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in
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.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is a Government Department in
The Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) is a Government Department in
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DOEHLG) is an executive Department of the
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.
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the
Froglife is a
The Irish Coursing Club (ICC) regulates and controls hare coursing activity throughout
INTERREG IIIC is an EU-funded programme that helps
National Museums Northern Ireland (MAGNI)
host the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) was established in 1995 by the
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
Natural Research Ltd is a research charity registered in
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 (NIEA) is an executive agency within the Department of the Environment (DOE)
National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) is an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DOEHLG) in the
The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), previously known as the Mammals Trust
Plantlife International is a charity dedicated exclusively to conserving all forms of plant life in their natural habitats, in the
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 (RSPB) Northern Ireland is primarily concerned with the conservation of wild birds and the habitats on which they depend in
The Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA) at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM),
The Ulster Wildlife Trust (UWT) is one of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the
The Woodland Trust is the