The power of citizen science lies in its ability to mobilise large numbers of nature enthusiasts to answer some of the big scientific questions of our time- such as “which species live where, and when?”, or “what is the effect of climate change on biodiversity?”.

At NatureMetrics, we’re passionate about the advancement of knowledge and the accessibility of science, which is why we created the NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab. Whether you’re a school group or a grandparent, a corporate organisation or a community project- when you engage in citizen science you are supporting our natural world and educating through action.

The eDNA Discovery lab helps you reveal the diverse wildlife present in or around a waterbody by collecting an environmental DNA (eDNA) sample with the eDNA Discovery Kit. With every sample that you collect, it’s not only you that’s learning. You’re part of the building blocks for scientific understanding of nature too.

Let’s join together to discover biodiversity today and create a bigger picture that we’re proud of.

Who can get involved?

Anyone can become a Citizen Scientist with the eDNA Discovery Lab. We’ve created something for the whole family, children and adults alike, from community groups to gardeners, and teachers to anglers and conservationists.
Whoever you are, and whatever your interests, join the quest for discovery today.

We can work with a variety of industries to create Citizen Science projects that engage stakeholders. Sampling eDNA is a fantastic way of involving your teams on the ground, whether it be team-building or through an educational outreach programme. This can provide hands-on education about the eDNA work you are doing in an area, or can act as a stand-alone citizen science project that allows participants to feel ownership over a gold-standard of biodiversity monitoring that we are all working towards. Every eDNA Discovery Lab produces real biodiversity data and contributes to the global knowledge of biodiversity.

Get in touch today to explore Citizen Science opportunities for your organisation.

Your eDNA Discovery Lab Kit

You will receive an easy-to-use NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab kit containing all you need to discover the biodiversity present at a waterbody of your choosing.

The NatureMetrics eDNA water sampling and filtering kit has step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

You can detect, monitor, and help us protect wildlife by collecting scientific data with the eDNA Discovery Lab.

 

Contact us to discuss your Citizen Science project.

  Don’t know where to start?

If you’d like to be involved in Citizen Science, but don’t know where to start then there are a number of projects out there that you can be a part of.

The great news is that Citizen Science projects are happening all the time! Whether you join a project that’s already ongoing or start your own, there are many ways you can get involved with Citizen Science.

NatureMetrics eDNA Discovery Lab can be a great way to get started with Citizen Science. Get the whole family, community, or team involved in monitoring the biodiversity at lakes, rivers or streams near you.

If you’d like to join an already established programme, we are actively seeking participants to join the 1,000 Rivers project. Discover how you can be a part of the movement helping to describe the biodiversity of one thousand rivers spanning Europe.

Find out more

The 1,000 Rivers Project

Combining the power of Citizen Science and eDNA to survey fish communities at an international scale.

This incredible project is allowing us to build one of the most comprehensive datasets seen on estuarine and riverine fish communities. Not only that, but it is enabling us to screen for the presence of invasive species that pose a significant threat to native ecosystems, such as the pink salmon.

See how you can get involved, visit www.1000rivers.net or contact us at 1000rivers@naturemetrics.co.uk

The Inhambane community in Mozambique are monitoring their local biodiversity using eDNA.

Explore how the local people of Mozambique are leveraging the power of environmental DNA sampling and analyses to set a baseline of local biodiversity and build initial reference databases for local animal groups.