Event: eDNA Metabarcoding for UK Wildlife Conservation

NatureMetrics

Lambourn, Hungerford, West Berkshire
Friday 15th November

www.naturemetrics.co.uk rkilsby@seahorsecomms.co.uk

Cost: £40

Sectors: conservation & wildlife


Join NatureMetrics, the National Trust and Freshwater Habitats Trust at a workshop on eDNA metabarcoding for UK wildlife conservation on Friday 15th November from 10:00 to 16:30.

The workshop will bring together wildlife conservationists from around the country to learn more about environmental DNA (eDNA) and its ability to transform our monitoring of the natural world.

eDNA comes from the biological material left in the environment as animal cells, excretions and secretions, and is collected in a water or sediment sample taken and filtered using an easy-to use kit on site. The samples are analysed by NatureMetrics using metabarcoding, which can rapidly detect and identify thousands of species at any life stage and at low concentrations present at the sampling site. This is a powerful tool for understanding species distribution and monitoring biodiversity.

Speakers

Bernd Hänfling and Lori Lawson-Handley (University of Hull), Allan McDevitt (University of Salford), Naomi Ewald (Freshwater Habitats Trust) and Micaela Hellström (NatureMetrics Regional Coordinator for Europe and South East Asia) have been invited to speak on advances in environmental DNA and its applications.

Location

The conference will be held at Sheepdrove Organic Farm and Eco Conference Centre, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn, Hungerford, RG17 7UU. The Farm is accessible from M4 Junction 14 and Swindon and Hungerford Stations are within a 40-minute drive.

Booking arrangements

The conference will cost £40.00 to attend, which includes refreshments, lunch and a practical eDNA sampling session. To find out more information and to confirm your attendance at this workshop, please email Ruth Kilsby via rkilsby@seahorsecomms.co.uk.

About NatureMetrics 

NatureMetrics provides cutting edge environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis services to monitor biodiversity. The company bridges the gap between academic research in the field and end users who stand to benefit from the use of these powerful new tools. In the three years since it was established, NatureMetrics has analysed over 10,000 water samples, revealing the fish communities in ponds, lakes, rivers, coasts and open oceans – from the equator to the North Pole.


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