DNA analysis for species identification


We have upgraded our DNA analysis service to a more efficient online form and payment platform, to replace the old Excel form.

There has been no change to the high quality of DNA analysis - samples are still sent to, and analysed by, Ecotype Genetics but the online form and payment has been combined and semi-automated to provide a quicker service with fewer steps.

The online form requires similar information to the current Excel form, and is linked to payment, managed by the Stripe payments platform.

Staff at Swift Ecology will remain available for questions or queries at .

In partnership with Ecotype Genetics Limited, based at the University of Sussex campus, 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 quantitative PCR (qPCR) analyses to identify all UK bat species. The main advantage of using qPCR is that it enables the identification of multiple bat species within one sample. It is also quicker, more sensitive and more precise than traditional sequencing methods.

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. We may also be able to offer a bespoke analysis for different species, for example non UK mammals. Please contact us directly if you are interested.

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 if you want a single sample tested for all bats that are native to the UK (multiple species sample)and for our express service; the express service may not be available at certain times e.g. during particularly busy periods.

Samples should be sent using the postal service or by courier. For full details including all prices please see our Guidance/FAQs.

For any further DNA questions please use the dedicated DNA email address .

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