Bat Genotyping Service

 

All 17 species of bat found in the UK are in decline and protected under British law by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is illegal to kill or harm bats, or to damage or destroy their roosts. In order to protect bat roost habitats an ecological survey must take place before development work can take place on any property with evidence of bats.

Nicholls Colton Group assist ecologists carrying out bat surveys, analysing guano samples using  DNA-based method to identify bat species.

Bat genotyping is used to complement traditional echolocation ultrasound detection for definitive identification of bat species. An advantage of this over standard bat detection methods is that bat identification can take place even in the absence of actual bat sightings.

While supplying a useful, low cost service, bat DNA data collected will provide valuable information on genetic diversity within different bat species across the UK. This will help drive future conservation research.