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Great Crested Newt eDNA Analysis

In July, Crestwood Laboraory completed their second in-house great crested newt (GCN) environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis survey season. Several improvements were made to the service following client feedback in 2016, including an improved online ordering system and increased sample analysis capacity. The season saw a marked increase in orders from year 1. All orders were fulfilled and analysed on schedule and to a high standard of accuracy, making the season successful for the second year running!

In addition, Crestwood worked closely with Natural England to develop and take part in the first national proficiency testing scheme for eDNA analysis for great crested newts, showing our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and reliability.

In June, Carl Halford successfully completed his 21-month knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) project. The project included the design and testing of an eDNA assay to detect the presence of water vole as an extension to the GCN detection services being offered. 

In February, Carl took part in the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental management (CIWEM) Dr Jenkins technical paper competition. A paper on water vole eDNA analysis was written and presented to a panel of judges. Carl was awarded first place at the final presentation evening based on the quality of the research paper and the presentation.