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We've been enjoying helping out with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust's new 'Great Creasted Newt Detectives' project over the summer.
Launched back in April, this HLF and SNH-funded project aims to test ponds across Scotland for the presence of great crested newts by using eDNA sampling. We are really keen to help out this important project with both free staff time and resources where possible. So far we have sampled ponds at the National Trust for Scotland's 'Pineapple' site, and at ponds near Aviemore and Cambletown. The photo below shows Carolyn taking water samples to send away for eDNA testing. We look forward to hearing the results in future!