As a protected species, the great crested newt is safeguarded in the UK. By law, newts and their habitats cannot be disturbed, obstructed or destroyed, and therefore survey reports and mitigation plans are required for development projects that could affect the protected species. It is necessary to test for the presence of newts in any potential breeding ponds on a development site.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a recognised and rapid method for identifying the presence or absence of newts during the March-June breeding season. eDNA is an effective method of sampling for the great crested newt, allowing you to sample right up until the end of the season. Requiring only a single water sample to be taken, eDNA gives you the flexibility to determine newt presence or absence throughout the entire season. The tests are quick and easy to perform, significantly saving on time and costs.
Why Choose Fera
Fera has been at the heart of great crested newts testing since 2014, having analysed 1000’s of eDNA samples in recent seasons. We are also proud to participate in the annual environmental DNA proficiency test scheme, that was first introduced in 2017.
As always, we promise an excellent service and can provide both standard kits (10-15 working day turnaround) and fast track kits (5-7 working day turnaround).
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