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GemmaJF View Drop Down
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eDNA kits, think it is expensive and quite involved as one ideally has to do a training course etc. Should look into it really as I can see the benefit of testing without a lot of disturbance. 

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Last night I put out an artificial egg strip. I'm so intrigued to know if our GCN is laying fertile eggs or not. Effectively a plastic back cut into thin strips which is weighted down in the pond like an artificial plant, which I can leave out and see if she uses it for egg laying. If she does will be able to examine the embryos for signs of development. 
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Thanks Gemma, yes doesn't look suitable for me from most angles. Thanks for the link. 
Good luck with the plastic strips which I've heard of.
We've had several hours of snow this afternoon with temp of just 2degC - my poor babies in the pond!
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