Our standardised GCN eDNA kit is prepared in line with Natural England protocols (Biggs et al, 2014).
GCN eDNA analysis is a highly effective method for determining Great Crested Newt (GCN, Triturus crisatus) presence or absence during the breeding season.
eDNA analysis makes Great Crested Newt detection and monitoring quick, simple and cost effective.
It is important to note that samples should be collected between 15 April and 30 June, by a licenced surveyor, to be accepted by Natural England for planning applications or licensing purposes.
- 2x pair sterile gloves
- 1x Whirl-Pak stand-up bag
- 1x ladle
- 1x pipette
- 6x 50ml conical centrifuge tubes (each containing 35ml of preservative solution)
- Sample submission form
- Resealable bag for return of tubes
- Instruction leaflet
- Please note that the return of your samples to our laboratory is not included in the cost. If you’d like us to organise a courier to collect the sample(s) from your location please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, collection address & required collection date.
- Please ensure that you follow the return packaging guidelines on the Newt Kit Return Information document included with your kit.
- To reduce the amount of packaging involved in the service, we recommend using the delivery packaging and cardboard tube holder for return postage. This means that it will also have the relevant labelling and a returns document can be attached.
- Please do not courier samples to us overnight on Friday as we cannot receive deliveries over the weekend. The samples, which need to remain cool, will be held at a courier depot over the weekend at an unknown temperature.