Forensic Ecology

SureScreen are now able to analyse an unknown sample to determine exactly what species the sample is from.

The sample sent in for analysis can be from a fecal sample, urine sample, hair sample, blood sample, carcass (including skin, flesh, bone or nail), semen sample, unknown sample source or plant sample. The sample is collected using one of our collection kits, which contains DNA preservative, which can be bought here. Though not recommended, other kits or sterile consumables can be used.

We can also analyse pond samples but we need a single target species to look for in this instance as there will be many species present. When collecting pond samples, a specific kit is used which uses a similar procedure as the Natural England approved methods to collect samples for Great Crested Newts (GCN). These kits can be bought here.

Please ensure the form in the kit is completed and sent back with the sample. These forms can also be found here.



Simply follow the instruction on the kit form depending on the sample and send back to us for analysis.

The DNA from the sample is targeted during extraction using universal primers, the DNA is then amplified by PCR, purified, the concentration is controlled, genetically sequenced and then cross referenced to establish the specific species.

You’ll get an automated email when the sample has been received at the laboratory letting you know the sample has arrived safely and giving you a specific deadline for when to expect the results. You’ll then receive the technical report via email when the results are ready.



Animal & Plant Kit. £15.00 exc vat.

Allow collection of fecal, urine, hair, carcass, semen or unknown source samples. The kit includes a pre-paid box to allow for easy transportation back to the laboratory.

Pond Kit. £20.00 exc vat.

Allow collection of pond sample for analysis for a specific target species. User must arrange for delivery of kit back to laboratory. We can arrange this under instruction using our courier service though this will incur a change of £45.00 per delivery.



Standard Service– Results within 9 workings days from sample receipt. £160 exc vat

Fast Track Service– Results within 4 workings days from sample receipt. £260 exc vat


Forensic Ecology Investigation

Give us a call or email if you require a more thorough forensic ecology investigation. SureScreen can take the reins for an investigation, this may be especially crucial to ensure the work is carried out independently for the courts or for insurance purposes. Our forensic scientists can visit site, collect samples, photograph to determine the root cause of an issue. A full technical report will be issued with facts, observations, conclusions, opinions and photographs. For this work we charge for our time and after initial consultations we will send a non obligation work proposal, costs and turnaround times. Get in touch to see if we can help.



Target species

Due to the robustness of the technique, the result determines the genetic sequence of the sample and the fact that the majority of species genetic sequences have been published, the majority of species can be identified. Only now due to the advancement of these techniques, is this analysis possible. SureScreen have analysed a huge range of samples from analysis of droppings to confirm Pine Marten presence and identification of Red squirrel/ grey squirrel from hair samples to swabbing electronics for animal urine for insurance claims. Click here for the list of potential species detectable by the forensic ecology service.


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