Wildlife Services

Species from faeces: ID from droppings

Faeces contain DNA of both the host species and its prey, allowing both to be identified. Depending on the context, we apply a variety of analysis methods to faecal samples to make species identifications.

Species ID

We offer targeted species ID tests for otters (confirm identification of otter spraint). Results are returned within 2 working weeks of arriving at the lab and the cost is £60 + VAT per sample.

Diet assessment

We have carried out diet assessment on faecal samples from bats (featured in this blog post) and fish-eating birds and mammals, including otters. The analysis typically takes 4-8 working weeks. Get in touch if you are interested in learning more.

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