Recent News Articles

Conference Announcements - Old & New...

We would like to announce the date and location of the 2016 Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference which will be held at the historic location of the Millport Marine Station  (now run by the Field studies Council), on the Isle of Cumbrae.  This location has a special place in the hearts of many a Porcupine.  Many of us have visited, studied or sampled here.  [Read more]

Porcupine Conference, University of Portsmouth (27th-29th March 2015) - 3rd Announcement: Speakers & Update

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting at this year’s conference. Additional speakers wanted! If you would like to give a talk or present a poster, please contact Gordon Watson and register without delay! Please note the extended closing date for registration is 18th March 2015 to allow us to make the necessary catering arrangements etc. See Second Announcement for contact information [Read more]

Second Announcement: Annual Conference Species: home and away

Second Announcement: Annual Conference Species: home and away Please download a Word copy here: 2nd Porcupine Announcement Jan 2015   Introduction This is the second announcement for the 2015 Porcupine meeting, this year being hosted by the Institute of Marine Sciences, Portsmouth ( The theme for the conference talks and posters is ‘Species: home and away’, although any topic on marine natural history will be welcome. Registration Deadline for registration: Friday 13th March 2015. If you would [Read more]

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 1st Announcement poster Nov 2014   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 (, 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]

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.