DNA analysis for species identification


In collaboration with the Waterford Institute of Technology, we are pleased to be able to offer a rapid and reliable service to identify protected wildlife species through DNA analysis. Most British mammals, including all bat species, can be identified through the analysis of droppings and other material. DNA identification of owls using pellets is also available.

Bat dropping analysis can be particularly useful for winter bat surveys of buildings and for separating the Myotis and Plecotus species. One dropping is usually all that is needed, provided there is enough genetic material in the sample; mixed species samples are also acceptable, though may incur additional costs. Other particularly useful applications have been the testing of possible dormouse droppings found within nest tubes; separation of grey and red squirrels; and the identification of pine marten scats – notoriously difficult to distinguish from fox scats even by experts.

The standard price is £50 per sample (plus £20 for express service, when available), but discounts are available for  multiple samples and for non-commercial work. All prices exclude VAT.

The express service may not be available at certain times e.g. during particularly busy periods.  Please check availability in advance.

Please note that samples may no longer be sent using Royal Mail. 

We have arranged a courier service via UPS to transport samples to the lab.  Further information is available here.

DNA Courier Service information

For further instruction please read our client guidance document, which can be downloaded below (pdf format).  Please do not send samples without contacting us first.

DNA testing – client guidance Aug 15

For all DNA enquiries or any questions that are not addressed in this document, please use the dedicated DNA email address dna@swiftecology.co.uk or call Lisa on 01588 660592


Please note that unfortunately we do not offer a service for eDNA testing for great crested newts.



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