PMNHS Annual Field Meeting(s)

Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

Annual Field Trip Meetings 2019:

Saturday 28th September to Tuesday 1st October 2019 (inclusive)
Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Contact: Becky Hitchin ( for more information and to book onto the trip.

Tides (BST)

Saturday 28 07:40 0.3m
Sunday 29 08:30 0.1m
Monday 30 09:10 0.0m
Tuesday 1 October 10:00 0.2m

Stonehaven is a small market town to the south of Aberdeen. It has good road access and also a train station with regular train service to Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The Caledonian Sleeper also stops at Stonehaven. There is a good range of accommodation, from hotels through B&Bs to camping. A good starting point to find accommodation is here. Stonehaven has a good range of shops, including a fairly extensive Co-op and a lot of sandwich shops.

We will have access to a church hall / village hall near the beach to base investigations.

Intertidal areas
Stonehaven  has a large intertidal area that is easily accessible at all states of the tide, from Cowie round to Skatie shore. Some previous recording has been done here by the MBA. The shore is a mix of rockpools and reef, with huge abundance of seaweeds and invertebrates through fucoid and kelp zones. There are lots of fish in the rockpools too!
Montrose Basin – a mud and sand lagoon, home to a vast amount of birdlife. I will be contacting the Scottish Wildlife Trust to get permission for surveying in this area if people want some mud!
Fishtown of Usan pools – this is a small area of shore that is unlike anything else on the east coast. It’s a raised reef platform with metre deep rockpools hosting a Codium community.
Muchalls – another ‘specialised’ shore with a pebbly / cobbly beach and a number of intertidal / slightly subtidal caves and arches, poorly recorded.
Scurdie Ness – deep intertidal gullies (2-3m) deep, poorly recorded.
Boddam shore – intertidal area that quickly enters a kelp community, poorly recorded.
Johnshaven / Gourdon – intertidal reef areas with rockpools and gullies. Very poorly recorded.
St Cyrus / Lunan Bay – intertidal caves and high shore rocky reef.

Shore diving will be available – weather and visibility permitting – around the Stonehaven area. Catterline has excellent access to the water and consists of a cobbly seabed full of kelp, seaweeds and nudibranchs. With a bit of a swim, you can dive on a small seal-covered island down to shallow walls with lots of life.

Saturday 31st August 2019

Leader and contact: Peter Barfield (

Muddy-sand shore on the Solent with some dwarf Zostera patches; of particular interest for the recently arrived Asian date mussel Arcuatula senhousia; also hard clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, and possibly, the poorly ribbed cockle, Acanthocardia paucicostata.
Low spring tide at 18:04 (BST).
Meet 16:00 on shore at SU 530 023 (or, Lat 50.818660 / Long 1.248809), below Cliff Road; parking can be busy, so allow time for walk in.
This is a joint meeting with the Conchological Society. Places limited so please email in good time if interested in attending.