DNA analysis for species identification


During the Covid 19 outbreak the Ecotype Genetics lab has social distancing measures in place to protect its staff. The lab is presently still open and is accepting orders but will be operating with a reduced staff presence.

Sample processing may in some instances take longer than the usual 10 working day turnaround time. If your sample is time critical and you require an Express Order option please contact us on dna@swiftecology.co.uk to ensure that the service is operational.

The Express service is currently available.

In partnership with Ecotype Genetics Limited, based at the University of Sussex campus, we are pleased 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. We are currently the only DNA analysis service that can use targeted quantitative PCR (qPCR) analyses to identify all UK bat species. The main advantage of using qPCR is that it enables the identification of multiple bat species within one sample. It is also quicker, more sensitive and more precise than traditional sequencing methods.

Bat dropping analysis can be particularly useful for winter bat surveys of buildings and for separating the Myotis and Plecotus species. One dropping may be all that is needed, provided there is enough genetic material in the sample. 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. We may also be able to offer a bespoke analysis for different species, for example non UK mammals. Please contact us directly if you are interested.

The standard price is £50 plus VAT per sample, but discounts are available for multiple samples and for non-commercial work (e.g. bat groups, scientific research). Additional charges apply if you want a single sample tested for all bats that are native to the UK (multiple species sample)and for our express service; the express service may not be available at certain times e.g. during particularly busy periods.

The Express service is currently available.

Samples should now be sent using the postal service. Courier charges no longer apply. For full details including all prices please see our Guidance/FAQs.

Download a DNA sample submission form (last updated 29-04-20 )
and full instructions.

For any further DNA questions please use the dedicated DNA email address .

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


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Every year we donate a percentage of our profit to bat conservation or research in the UK.

In 2020, a donation of £250 went to the Vincent Wildlife Trust for their bat work.