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Other Species

Detection or identification of species from:

Biological Samples or Water Samples

Biological Samples

Send us a biological sample and we’ll tell you the species that it is from.

Sample types

Sample Collection


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Biological Samples

Biological Samples


Many invasive and ecologically important plants can be difficult to identify, particularly at times of the year when they are not flowering. Our plant identification service uses molecular techniques including PCR and DNA sequencing to determine the origin of your plant material down to the species* or genus level. Important for insurance, mortgage providers, environmental agencies as well as ecologists in plant conservation.

(*note: due to hybridization in some flowering plants, or extremely high genetic similarity in some closely related species, it may not always possible to obtain a definitive species level identification).

  • Sample type: leaf, flower, root, bud.

Common targets include Japanese knotweed, Giant hogweed, water primrose and Himalyan Balsam.

Read our whitepaper here.


Pine Marten

Pine Martens can be difficult to track in the wild, but using evidence of their presence such as droppings can be useful in determining the location of a population.


Using evidence left behind by otters we can identify their presence in an ecosystem using molecular methods. Send in your suspected otter samples today for a definitive determination of their identity.

Water Vole

Water voles can be difficult to survey using traditional methods, often requiring the use of invasive techniques. However, this species can also be detected using non-invasive sampling if droppings are present. (note: eDNA analysis of water samples is currently under development for water vole. Samples need to be biological samples, described above)


Our Forensic Ecology service can determine the presence of either red or grey squirrels from an ecological sample such as hair or droppings.

Water samples

Analysis of water samples from ponds, streams or rivers to identify presence/absence of your target species.

Sample Types

Sample Collection



Smooth Newt

Utilise eDNA to detect smooth newt in a pond. Testing a pond for GCN? Why not look for smooth newt eDNA too using the same kit. This test can be added on to a GCN test for £30 exc vat, just write in the notes of the sample collection form and we'll analyse for both targets.

Marbled Crayfish

Developed in-house alongside researchers from the University of Derby, we are the first laboratory to analyse eDNA for the marbled crayfish. You can analyse for Marbled Crayfish as a stand alone test or as an add on test using our crayfish service. Read our whitepaper here.

Demon Shrimp

Working alongside researchers from the University of Derby, we have developed an eDNA assay aimed at the detection of the demon shrimp, an ecologically damaging invasive species which is quickly spreading across the UK.

Freshwater Pearl Mussel

This ecologically important species is now only found in a small selection of waterways in the UK. Our method has been validated through extensive research in collaboration with the University of Derby.

We can also detect the following species in water:

American Bulfrog Lithobates catesbeianus Pool frog Pelophylax lessonae
Red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii Noble crayfish Astacus astacus
Spiny-cheek crayfish Orconectes limosus Narrow-clawed crayfish Astacus leptodactylus
Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
European eel Anguilla anguilla Crucian carp Carassius carassius
Common carp Cyprinus carpio Atlantic salmon Salmo salar
Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis Rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss
Topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva Ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua
Burbot Lota lota Sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus
Brown/sea Trout Salmo trutta Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus
New Zealand mud snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum Zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha
Quagga mussel Dreissena bugensis Asian clam Corbicula fluminea

Species not listed?

The species listed above are the routine targets we look for, however there are hundreds more species we can detect. Get in contact to see if the assay for your target species has already been developed, and if it has we’ll be able to detect it for you.

Note: For non routine targets we may need to buy the primers specifically for you, this may take a few days and may incur the cost price of the primers depending on the number of analyses required.


Assay not yet developed?

If an assay hasn’t already been developed, appoint our experts to design one for you using our Assay Design Service.