eDNA for great crested newts

As a quick and accurate alternative to traditional methods of surveying, during the breeding season Fera offer environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for the presence of great crested newts in pond water. Pond samples can be taken during the newt breeding season and this testing follows Natural England’s approved protocol. You know your samples are in good hands as we have already delivered thousands of pond analyses following this method in previous seasons. See our instructional video on YouTube to learn more about how to collect a sample:

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.

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