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.