DNA analysis for species identification

In partnership with Ecotype Genetics Limited, hosted at the University of Sussex, we are pleased to offer a rapid and reliable service to identify protected wildlife species through DNA analysis. Most British mammals, including all bat species, can be identified through the analysis of droppings and other material. We are currently the only DNA analysis service that can use targeted qPCR analyses to identify all UK bat species. This is not only quicker, more sensitive, and more precise than traditional sequencing methods, but is less prone to error. The technique enables identification of multiple species within one sample.

Bat dropping analysis can be particularly useful for winter bat surveys of buildings and for separating the Myotis and Plecotus species. One dropping may be all that is needed, provided there is enough genetic material in the sample. Other particularly useful applications have been the testing of possible dormouse droppings found within nest tubes; separation of grey and red squirrels; and the identification of pine marten scats - notoriously difficult to distinguish from fox scats even by experts.

The standard price is £50 plus VAT per sample, but discounts are available for multiple samples and for non-commercial work (e.g. bat groups, scientific research). Additional charges apply for multiple species samples and express service; the express service may not be available at certain times e.g. during particularly busy periods.

Express service is currently available

Please note that due to a change of lab, as of 1st July 2018 samples should be sent using the postal service. Courier charges no longer apply. For full details including all prices please see our Guidance/FAQs.

Download a DNA sample submission form (last updated 26-09-18 )
and full instructions.

For any further DNA questions please use the dedicated DNA email address or call Lisa on 01299 890261

Please note that unfortunately we do not offer a service for eDNA testing for great crested newts.


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