Laboratory analysis

We carry out laboratory analysis across a variety of projects.

Environmental DNA analysis (eDNA)

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a newly approved* tool for verifying the presence or absence of great crested newts. Using an eDNA collection and confirmation approach requires only one visit to each pond.

Survey collection of eDNA data involves taking samples of the environment for residual DNA. Knowledge of appropriate test sampling locations is essential to support a robust outcome of verifying the presence or potential absence of great crested newts.

New applications for other species are anticipated in the near future.

*Natural England has confirmed that the technique is acceptable for great crested newt surveys.

Other application of DNA analysis

DNA analysis of plant and animal material can also be undertaken. The technique can be useful for confirming species identification from droppings and hairs of, for example, bats and other small mammals.

Soil assessment

Soil assessment may be required as part of a habitat creation scheme. We undertake soil invertebrate sample analysis, including biomass, as well as physical and chemical tests, soil type, pH, organic matter, soil moisture content and nutrient status.

Terrestrial invertebrates

Rapid and accurate identification of terrestrial invertebrates is essential to ensure that sites with high quality faunas can be rapidly assessed for invertebrate communities and priority species. Such assessments are increasingly required for Ecological Impact Assessments, especially on brownfield sites.

To discuss your requirements or the various services that we offer, please contact us today!

Further reading and related articles

Thomson Ecology Handbook

This online version of the Thomson Ecology Handbook provides a general overview of current wildlife legislation* and is aimed at helping project managers understand and plan for ecology from the start.

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