Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is the DNA released into the environment (e.g. a pond) by an organism. This can be detected using laboratory analysis techniques, indicating whether the target organism is present or absent from a location.

Crestwood now offer in-house eDNA analysis services for the detection of the presence of Great Crested Newts, in addition to the traditional survey methods. Sampling can be carried out by one of Crestwood's licensed ecologists and the lab analysis strictly follows the protocol stipulated by Natural England (link here), ensuring reliable and accurate results.

In addition to detection of Great Crested Newts, eDNA analysis can be used to detect additional species, including endangered, invasive and pest species. If you are interested in this service, contact the Lab and Ecology teams at Crestwood, who can offer further advice on how to proceed.

Why Choose Crestwood?

There are a number of reasons to choose Crestwood, including:


For more information on eDNA and the service provided by Crestwood, please contact via email: lab@crestwoodenvironmental.co.uk or phone Crestwood on 01902 229 563.

It is advised that prior to ordering eDNA analysis, that you read the DEFRA technical advice note WC1067 (Link here) that details the development of and protocol for eDNA sampling for great crested newts.

Please find our current price list here.

Please note that due to the current restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently albe to offer an eDNA service. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

For information on Crestwood's ecology surveys, including other survey services, please click here.