eDNA Analysis for Great Crested Newt


**COVID-19 update:  Our eDNA service is operating as usual.  We are following all government guidelines and have taken the necessary steps to help protect employees in our laboratories.  You can review our COVID-19 Policy Statement on the RSK Group website.  Enquires can be made via and you can order kits by clicking on the link below.**


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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Why choose ADAS?

ADAS is the ONLY laboratory to correctly identify all samples in every GCN eDNA proficiency test to date.

Quick Turnaround

  • Super fast-track to non-priority services available (minimum 2 day turn around)
  • Results sent as soon as they are ready regardless of turnaround time chosen.
  • We will always try to meet your requirements where possible.

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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.

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  • Cost and time savings over conventional methods
  • Survey window extended to the end of June
  • Early indication of project budgets and programmes (for projects with long lead-in times)
  • Early indication of mitigation requirements, allowing better project planning e.g. where additional land is required for mitigation
  • eDNA has been shown to be more effective at detecting newts than individual ‘traditional’ survey methods (torch counts, bottle trapping and egg searches) over the course of the survey season (Biggs et al., 2014).
  • I received an excellent service from ADAS and I will definitely use eDNA testing again

    Mark Hadfield
    Ben Bailey Homes

  • I found eDNA testing very useful, partly due to the volume of ponds I would have had to survey

    ADAS’s service was very efficient and eDNA helped make preparation of the mitigation strategy a lot easier.

    Mike Cummings
    Darwin Ecology

  • ADAS were very efficient and went out of their way to do what we needed

    Paul Roberts
    Greenscape Environmental

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