Environmental DNA

  • Speed up planning applications with fast and accurate eDNA testing for great crested newts.
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Environmental DNA

As a quick and accurate alternative to traditional methods of surveying, during the breeding season we offer environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for the presence of great crested newts in pond water. The eDNA Service is based on the recommended protocol by Natural England, and pond samples can be taken during the newt breeding season from the 15th April until the 30th of June.

The analysis uses a single sampling visit per pond to confirm the presence/absence of great crested newts. Fast confirmation of absence by eDNA testing can save the cost and time of further surveying and allow for faster progress of planning applications.


eDNA and Planning Applications

Great crested newts

Great crested newts are a protected species in this country so they can’t be disturbed. Survey reports and mitigation plans are required for development projects that could affect protected species, so it’s important to show that you have tested for the presence of great crested newts in ponds on any development site. Fera has been at the heart of eDNA testing for great crested newts in the UK, analysing 1000’s of samples in recent seasons, over 1350 in 2015 alone! If you suspect a great crested newt habitat on your development site, don’t hesitate to get in touch and order your 2017 great crested newt testing now!


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Other Species

eDNA is particularly useful to identify species in water bodies and is used most famously for great crested newts. However there are many other species and things we can use eDNA for other Species.

It’s possible to identify other species from the DNA they release into the environment. Ponds are particularily good for detection of DNA given off by species such as newts, but it’s also possible to pick up eDNA in rivers from animals such as aquatic mammals and fish. You can also use eDNA techniques to understand water quality or ecological community diversity. If you have any projects you would be interested in Fera helping with please get in contact.


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DNA Barcoding

DNA barcoding is a technique we can use to identify different individual species from environmental DNA. A prime example is using bat guano to identify specific species of bat roosting in buildings. Alternatively, it can be employed through metabarcoding to monitor a wide range of species simultaneously in environmental samples.


Speed up planning applications with fast and accurate eDNA testing for great crested newts

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Fera's eDNA Test Kits

Fera offer environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for the presence of great crested newts in pond water. The analysis uses a single sampling visit per pond to confirm the presence or absence of great crested newts

Pond samples can be taken during the newt breeding season and this testing follows Natural England’s approved protocol; fast confirmation of absence by eDNA testing can save the cost and time of further surveying and allow for faster progress of planning applications.

You know your samples are in good hands as we have already delivered thousands of pond analyses following this method in previous seasons

Sampling and Training

Environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques have proven to have a number of advantages over more traditional methods of sampling.

  • There are less restrictions on when you can sample giving you the flexibility you need
  • The tests are fast and simple to perform potentially saving you time and money
See our instructional video on YouTube to learn more about how to collect a sample:

We can also offer bespoke training in eDNA techniques that can be carried out at your own place of work or at our state of the art conference centre at Fera, Sand Hutton in York, so please get in touch.


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Fera’s commitment to quality

Fera Science Ltd. is a scientific organisation offering solutions for a changing world. We view all aspects of quality as key to achieving our vision as being recognised as a worldwide centre-of-excellence and partner of choice. This is why we invest time and resources in achieving and retaining Accreditation and Certification against all relevant International Quality Standards. We work hard to ensure our science and everything we do is held to the highest standards.



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