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Bats

Traditional determination of a bat species in a roost is often difficult to achieve and can result in unnecessary disturbances to the bats. Using molecular techniques, we have developed a tool to identify a bat species from their droppings.

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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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Speed of Service

Standard or Fast Track. Receive results within 5 or 9 days, depending on your requirements.

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Cost Effective

Discount on the analysis of multiple samples, to keep your costs low.

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Quality

We will analyse your samples multiple times to ensure a reliable and accurate species determination is given on every occasion.

Prices & Turnaround Times


  • Standard Analysis – £50.00 per analysis

(£45.00 per sample for 3 to 8 analyses per batch, £40.00 per sample for 9 or more analyses per batch). Report will be electronically sent within 10 working days from receiving the collection kit back at the laboratory.

  • Fast Track Analysis – £70.00 per analysis

(£65.00 per sample for 3 to 8 analyses per batch, £60.00 per sample for 9 or more analyses per batch). Report will be electronically sent within 5 working days from receiving the collection kit back at the laboratory.

Prices excluding VAT

Prices & Turnaround Times

Buy Your Kit- Optional


Using the SureScreen Bat Collection Kit allows for on-site collection of suspected bat faecal samples and easy return of the samples back to the laboratory for analysis. The laboratory analysis is bought separately depending on the number of analyses required after sampling. One kit can collect up to 3 sites or up to 3 suspected different species.

  • Bat Collection Kit – £15.00 per kit ex. VAT

You can choose to use your own sterile consumables to collect your dropping samples. If you opt for this, please ensure that droppings are not squashed during transit and you still fill in a bat collection form.

Buy Your Kit
Buy Your Kit- Optional

Returning Your Samples For Analysis

If you have purchased our sample collection kit, then there is no requirement to pay postage as it comes with a freepost return box. Simply secure the box with tape and post it in your nearest royal mail postbox.

Alternatively, please post your samples to:

SureScreen Scientifics
Morley Retreat
Church Lane, Morley
Derbyshire
DE7 6DE

Please make sure that samples are mailed in a padded envelope to ensure they arrive safely to the lab.


Bats Genetic Sequence

Bat FAQs

Do I need to use a SureScreen Scientifics bat dropping collection kit?

How long can I keep the kit before (and after) sampling, is there an expiry date?

How much does a bat dropping collection kit cost?

How many samples can I collect with each kit?

When can I collect a sample?

Do I need to collect a reserve sample?

How do I return my kits to the laboratory?

Can I send you another company’s kit to analyse?

How do I dispose of my unused kits?

Do I need a purchase order (PO) when returning my kits?

My result wasn’t what I expected, can you repeat the analysis?

How much does the analysis cost?

How many droppings do you analyse?

What methods do you use for the analysis?

What species can you test for?

Where can I find my results?

How do I interpret the results?

Why was my result inconclusive?