Recent News Articles

Notification of the PMNHS Annual Meeting 2015 at the University of Portsmouth

Notification of the PMNHS Annual Meeting 2015 at the University of PortsmouthNotification of the PMNHS Annual Meeting 2015 at the University of Portsmouth 38th Annual Meeting of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society University of Portsmouth 27-29th March 2015 Organiser: Dr Gordon Watson Details to follow, watch this [Read more]

Porcupine Small Grants Scheme 2014-15

Porcupine Small Grants Scheme 2014-15The Society has run a Small Grants Scheme for the previous six years (http://pmnhs.co.uk/category/grant-scheme), offering support for small projects that further its aim of promoting an interest in the ecology, taxonomy, and distribution of marine fauna and flora in the N.E. Atlantic. The scheme is run on a year-by-year basis (dependent on available funds) and has been very successful to date. Last year, one grant was [Read more]

Notice: New Porcupine membership fees from January 2013

Notice: New Porcupine membership fees from January 2013Members are reminded that the new membership fees come into being on January 1st 2013.  The new fees, £18 for full members and £10 for students and the unwaged, were accepted at the AGM at the Porcupine Conference in Hull on March 24th.  Please ensure you amend your standing orders either using online banking or by filling in a new standing order form available here [Read more]

PMNHS grants committee announces three successful projects

PMNHS grants committee announces three successful projects The PMNHS grants committee is pleased to announce that three projects received contributory support from the 2012 small grants scheme. The successful applicants were: • Louise Firth (National University of Ireland, Galway) for a study on the distribution and abundance of Sabellaria alveolata (Annelida: Polychaeta) in north Wales, western England and southwest Scotland. Laura Bush (PhD student, Bangor University, north Wales) has already participated in the [Read more]

Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

We are an informal society interested in marine natural history and recording, particularly in the North East Atlantic region and the Mediterranean Sea. Members receive 2 newsletters a year and proceedings from scientific meetings. Porcupine MNHS welcomes anyone interested in marine biology and ecology.

The name “Porcupine” is taken from the naval survey vessel HMS Porcupine which was engaged on scientific expeditions in the N.E. Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1869 and 1870. She made the first ever deep ocean dredge for living creatures in 1869 resulting in the naming of the Porcupine Bank off the west coast of Ireland.

The Aims Of The Porcupine Are:

  • To promote a wider understanding of the biology, ecology and distribution of marine organisms.
  • To stimulate interest in marine biodiversity, especially in young people.
  • To encourage interaction and exchange of information between those with interests in different aspects of marine biology, amateur and professional alike.

Membership of our society entitles you to receive the newsletter and attend scientific meetings. For more details and to download a membership form visit the membership pages.

Please consider donating to our society – donations allow us to provide grants for projects relating to our aims.