Essex Rivers Hub

Essex Wildlife Trust will be running a free training session for volunteers at their head office in Great Wigborough as part of a pilot eDNA project. 

Running in conjunction with Salford University, the innovative project aims to survey mammal species by taking water samples from rivers using eDNA, the DNA fingerprint left by animals in contact with still or running water. This technique has been tested in a small trial in Assynt, Scotland earlier in the year but this will be the first attempt at catchment scale field trials.

The sampling taking place in Assynt will be used to test this method in an upland setting while Essex wildlife Trust will be assisting with testing this in a lowland setting on the River Colne and the River Blackwater/Pant in Essex.

The sampling will take place alongside Essex Wildlife Trust’s more traditional mink monitoring rafts in order to compare the accuracy of both techniques, which has the potential to support efforts in mink eradication schemes, mammal surveys and Water Vole Recovery projects.

The training which will take place at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Abbotts Hall Farm will cover how to collect and filter water samples ready to be analysed in the lab by Salford University. Essex Wildlife Trust will be running two sessions; 10.00-11.00 and 14.00-15.00 on Monday 9th December 2019.

To book your place or if you would like any more information on the study then please get in touch with Natalie Singleton, River Catchment Assistant, Essex Wildlife Trust by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 01621 862974.

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