Environmental DNA (eDNA) has a number of advantages over more traditional methods of sampling for great crested newts, allowing you to sample right up until the end of June. It also requires just a single sample taken by an ecologist at any time during the newt breeding season to determine their presence or absence, giving you the flexibility you need. The tests are quick and easy to perform potentially saving you time and money.
As a protected species, great crested newts are safeguarded in this country so newts and their habitats cannot be disturbed. Survey reports and mitigation plans are required for development projects that could affect protected species, so it’s often necessary to test for the presence of great crested newts in any potential breeding ponds on a 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.
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