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eDNA Discovery lab

Reveal the life within ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans

Our eDNA Discovery Lab kit reveals the true diversity of wildlife present in a given stretch of water. By capturing environmental DNA (eDNA) left behind through skin, mucous and faeces, you can identify the animal species that have recently been present in a water sample. Our kits are so simple to use, they can be used by anyone, anywhere!

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The 1000 RIvers Project

The 1000 Rivers project combines the powers of citizen science and environmental DNA to survey fish communities at an international scale.

Volunteers will apply a standardised approach to collect eDNA samples from river estuaries around the North Atlantic, allowing us to (1) build one of the most comprehensive ever datasets on estuarine and riverine fish communities and (2) screen for the presence of invasive species such as pink salmon, which pose a significant threat to native ecosystems.

Conceived of jointly with the University of Hull and the University of Highlands and Islands, partner organisations from Norway, Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Canada are also involved, so this is your chance to take part in a truly international project with the potential to provide groundbreaking data.

1000 Rivers Launch Event

Keep an eye on twitter on the 10th September for the #1000Rivers Environmental DNA Project launch! This is the first Europe-wide eDNA monitoring project using citizen science to measure the changes happening to our rivers. If you would like to take part in this project, contact us at 1000rivers@naturemetrics.co.uk

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We are 14% of the way to 1000 Rivers

How to get involved

Open to everyone

Our easy to use kits are available to everyone. We are working with local communities, schools, NGOs and international charities; if you are interested in finding out more or would like to purchase a kit, simply send us an email at citizenscience@naturemetrics.co.uk
Got a project in mind? Need some ideas? You might be a local community group who are interested in what is in your local river, or you might be a school who want to teach children about biodiversity and DNA in a new and exciting way. Perhaps you are going on holiday soon, or your friend or relative is going away on a gap year, how about taking a kit with you to sample some water on the other side of the world! Give a gift - our citizen science kit would make the perfect present for the angler in your life, or you could place cutting edge science in the hands of someone with a passion for the environment.

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