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Lundy Island – Thursday 14th to Tuesday 19th July

<strong>Lundy Island – Thursday 14<sup>th</sup> to Tuesday 19<sup>th</sup> July</strong> Join us for an opportunity of a lifetime as for the first time ever we sail the seven seas (Celtic Sea) from the North Devon mainland to the first marine reserve established in the UK, Lundy Island! Not only is this a great chance to explore the island, intertidally and subtidally, but we will also be participating in the Lundy Marine Festival 2022. Find out [Read more]

Fancy some evening online fun with fellow Porcupines?

Fancy some evening online fun with fellow Porcupines? Why not join us for the 2022 Porcupine Quiz Night Saturday 2nd April at 19.00 If you would like to join then please email us at and we will send you a link.  If you would like to create your own team then let us know all team members’ names and email addresses and we will ensure you are in the same breakout “room”. If you aren’t part [Read more]

Tickets & Programme for PMNHS Conference 2022 now available!

Tickets & Programme for PMNHS Conference 2022 now available! Sorry for the delay! Book your tickets today! Click here to head to Eventbrite. See the conference page for more information and to see the programme. Clachan [Read more]

Call for speakers, posters, artwork and video

Call for speakers, posters, artwork and video “Back to the Coast?” The Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Annual Conference will once again be a virtual conference. 2nd April 2022 Last year was a successful event, and through useful feedback from last year, will hopefully improve the on-line experience. Presentations will be 15 minutes, with time for questions. An excellent opportunity for posters, artwork, video work, in a poster space is available.  These are a brilliant stepping-stone to [Read more]

Opportunity – Honorary Chairperson

Reports to: PMNHS Council membersRemuneration: This is an unpaid, voluntary positionHours: Depending on time of year, around 2 days per month for quarterly Council meetings, assistance with Bulletin, conference organisation and fieldtrip planning. No minimum or maximum term commitment, re-elections annually.  Porcupine is looking for an enthusiastic and driven person to support the Council in developing the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society’s objectives. This is a key [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. 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 Marine Natural History Society 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 two bulletins a year and attend the annual conference and field 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.