Thanks to the eDNA service provided by NatureMetrics, ERM has been able to prove the efficacy and Health and Safety benefits of using eDNA as a survey technique and to highlight its value as a method of rapidly scoping sites without the need for a specialist taxonomist to be present. Following the successful use of eDNA in the Sierra Leone project, ERM has since commissioned NatureMetrics to analyse samples taken at mining development sites in Serbia, with promising results, including the detection of species of conservation concern not picked up by conventional survey methods.
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
The results produced were well presented and easy to interpret. They will be straightforward to compare with the results of subsequent years of sampling. The summary of results presented at the start of the NatureMetrics report gives a concise synopsis of key findings. The information in the report provided by NatureMetrics is in many ways ideal for a site such as this, where we are not expecting the occurrence of any particularly rare or interesting species (which might require specialist search methods) but are more interested in any changes in species composition and abundance. It will be very interesting to see how results compare in following years, with NatureMetrics results allowing us to easily detect changes in the invertebrate communities of the grassland margins of this wind farm.
Mary Goddard, Wild Frontier Ecology
With NatureMetrics’ innovative aquatic eDNA service, we at WWF Peru were able to fully achieve our survey goal of detecting the spatial distributions of six culturally and commercially important aquatic species along the Marañon river, and we exceeded our goal by also detecting hundreds of additional vertebrate species, which we can now start to take into account in designing a sensitive index of basin-ecosystem health. Without eDNA and NatureMetrics, we would have been relegated to visual surveys for just river dolphins, itself requiring more field time than the eDNA survey, and to opportunistic interviews for the other five target species, which are less reliable, auditable, and systematic. The hundreds of other species detections would not have been possible at all.
Brenda Toledo, Coordinator of Amazonian Healthy Waters Programme, WWF
The Ock Arable project is engaging with farmers across the Ock catchment in partnership with Environment Agency to help tackle diffuse pollution and identify areas for potential wetland habitat improvement works and installation of Natural Flood Management measures. We undertook eDNA kits at 7 locations in the Ock catchment to collect baseline data on fish assemblages in the project area. The NatureMetrics eDNA kits are easy to use in the field, and the team are very responsive and helpful throughout the process, from ordering kits to receiving survey results.
NatureMetrics performed a pilot study at our Los Amigos Biological Station in the Peruvian Amazon in 2018 detecting an immense amount of biodiversity, including 98 unique fish, 11 amphibians, 10 birds. 5 reptiles, and 29 mammals. Their analysis gives us an insight into the presence of the species living in and around our conservation area. Establishing a baseline of biodiversity is extremely important to us, as we need to understand the ecosystem in order to protect it. The eDNA pilot of NatureMetrics has inspired us to continue the implementation of this easy and fast conservation tool and explore the biodiversity in remote areas with illegal activities (hunting, logging, mining), to set up an aquatic biodiversity baseline and to use eDNA more specifically to identify bat and rodent species, which are hard to name solely based on photographic observations. For us as conservationists, eDNA is an indispensable tool to monitor and subsequently protect wildlife.
Dr Judith Westveer, Science Director, ACCA (Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica)
On behalf of Wildlife Works Carbon LLC, I wish to acknowledge You and Your Team’s exceptional performance of this pilot contract, your work was absolutely exemplary, proactive to the challenges at stake, we were all impressed by your dedication to rise-up to the difficult challenges born-out of the harsh environments we operate in DRC, your professional agility to consider solutions outside your initial scope of work in support this first eDNA campaign and the quality of your delivery, the scientific accuracy and professionalism of your final report .. and for these reasons, I took the liberty to include Nature Metrics in our Vendors Recognition Program. This is an elite program only overseen by our Executive Directors, with the purpose of raising awareness and appreciation at the highest level, for the companies and individuals whom have been of exceptional value to the Wildlife Works mission, and recognizing their efforts formally with a Certificate signed by your President.
Frank Duffau, Director for Global Operations, Wildlife Works Carbon LLC
It was just mind-blowing to see the diversity of invertebrate life identified through Nature Metrics’ DNA analysis of these three rivers. If there was ever a means of illustrating and understanding the ecologic wonders of an English chalk stream – this was it.
Charles Watson, Chairman, River Action
Anchor Environmental Consultants worked with NatureMetrics to conduct eDNA sampling for a range of aquatic habitats throughout Africa. NatureMetrics provided eDNA sampling kits and advice on sampling design in the field. eDNA services in South Africa are extremely limited, and we felt NatureMetrics was the best company to work with. This turned out to be true – We had a great experience and will definitely continue to partner with NatureMetrics in the future.
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