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The Power of a Forensic Ecology Laboratory at Your Fingertips

SureScreen Scientifics specialise in the analysis of ecological samples. We provide a diverse range of laboratory services to the ecological industries, including eDNA-based species detection from environmental samples and molecular species identification and sexing. We also have extensive expertise in eDNA assay design.

Great Crested Newt eDNA


SureScreen Scientifics is one of the UK’s leading great crested newt eDNA service providers.

The great crested newt Triturus cristatus is an ecologically important species, protected under legislation within the UK. eDNA-based surveys of great crested newts are nationally recognized as an approved methodology for ecological impact assessments for the planning and development sector.

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Great Crested Newt

Results for GCN eDNA surveys are only accepted by Natural England if the samples were collected between mid-April and late-June, however, we can analyse samples taken all year round for other applications.

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Bat Dropping Identification

Although bat activity levels vary over a 12-month period, droppings found within roosts often stay in place for a number of months, meaning that if they have not degraded beyond the capabilities of our analysis, we can test the droppings all year round.

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Crayfish

Due to seasonal weather conditions and changes in crayfish activity over the year, sample collection is best suited to the summer months where crayfish activity levels are higher.

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Bird Sexing

Molecular DNA-based method to determine the sex of a bird from a feather or eggshell sample can be carried out all year round.

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Plant Species Detection

Over winter, leaves and shoots of most plants die back, with only the dormant roots remaining as living tissue. Over the spring and summer, leaves, stems and flowers are all viable sources of DNA for testing. Exception: Live roots and evergreen plants are viable all year round.

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Smooth Newt

Similar to GCN, adults emerge from hibernation on land from late February, returning to freshwater to breed. By October, most smooth newts will be back on land and preparing to hibernate.

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Demon Shrimp

Overwintering demon shrimp begin feeding in the spring and reproducing in April. With up to 3 generations produced each year, the breeding seasons finish in October and activity levels drop until the next spring.

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Freshwater Pearl Mussel

Freshwater pearl mussels are present in water throughout the year; however, activity levels drop off over winter. In the summer months, individuals are feeding and reproducing which allows a much greater chance of detecting DNA from the water.

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Other Species

Highly species-dependent – check with us before collecting a sample for advice.

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