Biodiversity is complex, and lack of data impedes our ability to slow or reverse losses. 21st century biodiversity assessment tools capture the complexity of natural systems, enhancing our understanding of ecosystems and our capacity to protect them.

You can understand your business impact on nature, and nature’s impact on your business by generating powerful nature data at scale. From single-species assessments to combined biodiversity audits across ecosystem types, NatureMetrics offer a powerful toolkit to detect, survey and monitor species.

What can DNA-based monitoring achieve?

DNA-based technologies produce robust datasets that answer critical ecological questions for a range of applications. Our services can also be combined to address complex questions about biodiversity at the ecosystem or landscape scale. Explore some commonly asked questions and how our services address these below.

 

What species are in this sample?

We can detect and identify multiple species from a single environmental sample (water, soils, sediments, faeces or invertebrates from an unsorted trap sample) using DNA metabarcoding from water samples or soil and sediment samples. We perform DNA metabarcoding analysis which uses the DNA present in these samples to identify the species present.

If you’re looking to understand the diet of an animal, we use metabarcoding to perform a diet assessment from faecal samples.

We’ve had great success helping Citizen Scientists to leverage these revolutionary methods of analyses to discover animal communities in water samples, using the NatureMetrics eDiscovery Lab. This can be used by individuals or families looking to explore their local wildlife, or as community activities and team-building exercises.

Is this species present?

We use qPCR to test for the presence of a single species in water samples.

If you are looking for a single species, contact us to see how we can use qPCR for highly specific DNA-monitoring of your target taxa. We have highly optimised workflows for a range of species.

What is this species?

We can perform Species ID analysis using Sanger Sequencing. We mostly use this for identifying bat species from faecal samples.

We can compile a reference database for your survey area using available reference sequences, and where there are gaps in the reference database, you can collect tissue samples and send them to us. We will barcode them using Sanger Sequencing, and add them to your genetic reference library to enable identification of species during your metabarcoding projects.

Which species do we expect to find here?

We have developed workflows to rapidly gather species distribution data, so get in touch with our team and we can tell you which DNA sequences have been attributed to  your geographical area of interest, and where there might be gaps in the reference database that may need improving by performing species barcoding.

What is the impact of our operations on local biodiversity?

We offer integrated biodiversity surveys on large scales and across a diverse range of taxonomic groups – from water to soils and sediments, and barcoding for reference databases. These can produce detailed baselines against which to monitor and assess the effect of mitigation activities, as well as evaluate progress towards net gain or no net loss goals.

Is our conservation plan or management intervention effective?

Use our suite of tools to determine whether key species are returning to areas of restored habitat, and whether the biological community is being effectively preserved or enhanced.

Which areas are most important for biodiversity?

Data generated from metabarcoding can be used to generate fine-scale biological maps of ecosystems across a landscape, highlighting which are most ecologically distinct, particularly rich in species, or support species that do not occur in other parts of the landscape. This enables you to make more informed environmental management decisions, minimising overall impacts to biodiversity.

 

We will work with you to understand your requirements and how our pioneering technologies can realise your aims.

We offer a wide range of off-the-shelf solutions, which you can browse below. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or want to discuss a more complex project, get in touch with our team.

Are you looking to incorporate DNA-based monitoring in your business?

We have a wealth of experience supporting organisations across different sectors. Explore the NatureMetrics eDNA and Biodiversity services adopted by your industry and see the science in action!

Why NatureMetrics?

We are accelerating the practical applications of DNA-based methodologies to overcome global environmental monitoring challenges.

Our approaches generate robust, replicable biodiversity data, at unparalleled scales. Our data gives your organisation the best chance of  delivering a real Net Positive Impact on biodiversity, we provide more than just a sample analysis service.

We will work closely with you to help implement DNA-based monitoring in a way that makes the most sense to you. Our experience on projects around the world and the specialisms within our team, that of our ecologists and conservation scientists, our international logistics and operations experts ensures the smooth running of our end-to-end process.

You can trust in NatureMetrics for all your DNA-based biomonitoring challenges.

Here’s what you can expect from your NatureMetrics experience.

Custom designed and validated sampling kits:

NatureMetrics sampling kits are highly validated and optimised for use by non-experts in the field. Tried and tested by diverse groups across all continents, our kits require no additional power, equipment or refrigeration, making them the most versatile solution on the market.

Robust and replicable bioinformatics pipelines:

Our in-house team of dedicated bioinformaticians have processed thousands of projects across diverse environments, from the equator to the north pole. We can provide high-confidence taxonomic assignments through optimised pipelines, even where reference databases are incomplete.

Decades of molecular and ecological science experience in our team:

Tap into the experience of our highly specialised team, including our 12+ postdoctoral level scientists, and the capabilities of our state-of-the-art, purpose-designed facilities. We implement robust quality controls procedures at every project stage and as a result, have led work to develop the first international standards for our new industry.

Digitally-driven operations:

Our ordering and tracking system ensures you can access our services anywhere in the world. Log in to the portal to place your orders, view the status of your projects and progress of your samples through the lab, and access your reports. Use our simple field app to scan your kit barcode and log details of each sample as you collect it. Meanwhile, our in-house logistics team will assist you with project operations, including international shipping of our kits and samples.

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Honest and transparent reports you can trust:

We’re renowned for the high-quality data we produce and take great pride in our work. You will receive clear guidance on any limitations of the technology, as well as a Quality Check report. Our expert team is always on hand should you need assistance interpreting results, and where required we can provide additional support through the statistical analysis of your data.

We’re committed to continuous improvement and will listen to your feedback, and embrace your local knowledge and sector expertise to further enhance or fine-tune our services where possible.

Access to advice and support:

We understand adopting and integrating new technologies can present some challenges and many questions. We can provide structured support and training sessions for your team, ensuring you hit the ground running. We have delivered training sessions and webinars for sampling teams, sales teams, ecologists and business decision-makers. We also provide ad-hoc advice whenever you need it, be it preparing budgets, planning fieldwork, or even when you’re in the field.

Collaborative opportunities:

Collaboration is in our DNA. We have a strong history of collaborative projects with clients, NGOs and academics. We have also worked in partnership with international laboratories to deliver our services globally.

Our commitment to nature:

It is our mission to make DNA-based biodiversity monitoring accessible to all. Our technology is being deployed across the world in the name of biodiversity conservation, for the good of people and nature.

  • eDNA from Water
  • Soils and Sediments
  • Great Crested Newts
  • Invertebrates
  • Species from Faeces
  • Citizen Science
  • Consultation & Support
  • Training

eDNA from Water / Aquatic eDNA Surveys

Perform fast, powerful, robust surveys of aquatic life with the NatureMetrics eDNA from Water services. Our easy-to-use and custom designed sampling kits make the cutting-edge of DNA-based aquatic biomonitoring easily accessible to any user. Since 2016, they have been used to generate high-quality data from ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans, from the equator to the poles.

Soils and Sediments

Uncover the life within sediments and soils with our NatureMetrics eDNA from Soils & Sediments kit. Our user-friendly kits contain everything you need to sample DNA from soft sediments at your site, and have been used to survey soil fauna, ground vegetation, fungi and the microbiome (bacteria and micro-eukaryotes). This can differentiate habitats and provide crucial data for ecosystem baselining and evaluating progress in ecological restoration or habitat creation.

Great Crested Newts

Test for the presence of Great Crested Newts (GCN) in water using NatureMetrics’ GCN eDNA sampling kits, a service that we have been offering with a strong track-record since 2015.

Great Crested Newts are a European Protected Species so surveys are often a legal requirement. NatureMetrics offers one of the most established and trusted GCN eDNA services, and our team has processed thousands of samples for a variety of clients. We’re proud to score 100% in the 2020 proficiency test – the third year in a row that we have achieved this score.

Invertebrates

The NatureMetrics’ Invertebrate services overcome the classic challenges associated with the taxonomic identification of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates.

We use DNA-based methods to obtain species-level data across all major taxonomic groups of invertebrate bulk samples collected using standard capture methods. These statistically powerful datasets can provide the evidence needed for demonstrating the effects of environmental or management changes on biodiversity.

Species from Faeces

From a faecal sample, it is possible to disentangle complex details about biodiversity. The NatureMetrics’ Species from Faeces services allow for species identification of the ‘doer of the deed’ as well as an assessment of the prey species that were consumed.

Citizen Science

The eDNA Discovery Lab brings biodiversity monitoring into the hands of everybody, whether you are hoping to engage stakeholders in fieldwork, or are curious about your own local biodiversity. We can help you to reveal the life within ponds, rivers, lakes and oceans. We work with local communities, schools, NGOs, and international charities to empower everybody with the tools needed for global change.

Find out more about incorporating Citizen Science into your environmental monitoring or see how you can get involved yourself.

Environmental Policy Consultation & Tender Support

NatureMetrics have assisted clients from a variety of sectors in utilising DNA-based methods to meet environmental monitoring needs across a range of regulatory environments.

Our team of experts can help you recognise the relationship between your business and biodiversity and buy-in from regulators and policy-makers, involving them in pilot studies and field trials at early stages. We are highly experienced at bringing together multi-stakeholder groups to trial and demonstrate new technologies and help accelerate uptake.

You can also leverage the knowledge of our team in tender support for environmental projects. We can help you understand how DNA based monitoring can support within the scope of your project tender and assist you in meeting the objectives when writing your tender application.

Discover more about our Environmental Policy Consultation and Tender Support services.

Training

We offer education and training in DNA-based monitoring, having accumulated years of experience in industry and academia. You can enhance your teams’ knowledge of eDNA and DNA methods and develop a more in depth understanding of how to apply these methods robustly alongside other tools to help address particular biodiversity monitoring challenges, with training from our team of globally renowned experts.

We will tailor training to suit your requirements and deliver over a method of your choosing, be it remotely, on-site, in person or as a blend.

Explore our training services and the impacts our collaborations have achieved.