FAQs

How do I order a kit?

You can place an order today by filling out the order form here.

How much does it cost?

The eDNA Discovery Lab is £160, and this includes the delivery of the kit and everything you’ll need to collect a sample.

How do I choose a sampling location?

You can collect your water from any location across the UK, whether it’s a lake, a pond, a river or even from the ocean.

We have some tips and tricks to think about when sampling, so get in touch if you have any questions for your specific location. In rivers we usually find that DNA is very well mixed, so one sample from the edge of a river does a good job of collecting the DNA from most of the animals living there, however in lakes the DNA doesn’t mix as well. If you want to collect enough DNA to represent all the living things in a lake, you can use a clean cup to take multiple water samples around the edge of the lake and mix them together before filtering.

What would I expect to find in my water sample?

You’ll be able to detect the vertebrates (animals with a spinal cord) living in your location. This includes not only the fishes and other animals living in the water, but also the animals living on land who might have been using the water for drinking. Biological material is detectable for around 2 days, so for example, if you’re sampling a river you’ll capture information on animals upstream over the past couple of days.

How do I collect my sample?

All the instructions are in your eDNA Discovery Lab. In the meantime, check out our video here and see how easy it is.

Does the kit expire?

The kits have a long shelf life, so you can buy the kits as a gift and they’ll still be usable a year after you’ve bought them.

How many samples can I take with one kit?

Each kit contains everything you’ll need to collect one sample from your chosen location.

How do you return the filter?

Your kit comes complete with a postage envelope so you can simply pop this in the post.

When do I get my results?

Once we receive your sample, we’ll process it in our labs and send you your results within approximately 8 weeks.

What will the results look like?

You’ll receive a full report containing the list of vertebrate species (animals with a spinal cord) that you’ve detected in your sample. You’ll get an idea of which animals have been living in the location that you sampled.