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.
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. If you suspect a
great crested newt habitat on your development site, don’t hesitate to
get in touch.
Learn More About eDNA Analysis
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
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.
Order eDNA Kit now
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