Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis was approved by Natural England (NE) in 2014 for the determination of Great Crested Newt (GCN) presence or absence. NE only accept eDNA results from laboratories participating in the proficiency testing scheme to support GCN license applications and post-development presence/absence monitoring for mitigation licences.
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ADAS is the ONLY laboratory to correctly identify all samples in every GCN eDNA proficiency test to date.
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Watch as Jo Graham demonstrates how a water sample for eDNA testing is collected.
If you do an eDNA test for GCN out of season you cannot use the results to support absence of newts during planning applications nor for licensing purposes.
After analysis your sample (anonymised) may be used in further laboratory research to develop tests for the monitoring of other species within the GCN pond ecosystem.