Bird boxes

Two new RSPB Classic nestboxes were put up at the end of January 2020 to replace those taken down when the clubhouse fascias were renewed. Protective 5cm square stainless steel plates with 32mm opening have been added to protect the entrance and prevent larger birds and predators from enlarging the hole to gain access.

The boxes complement the bird feeders we installed last year

Best Days for Day Visits

Attending as a Day Visitor

Please note it can be difficult to arrange visits on the same day of enquiring. We need a few days notice to make arrangements for a committee member to accompany visitors. MBNC is a members-lead club and visitors are not allowed on site unaccompanied

As a guide, we can almost guarantee at least a Committee Member, if not Full Members, will be on site on all the following occasions:

  • The AGM on the second Saturday in September
  • Our annual Open Day on the second Sat in June, all welcome.
  • Committee meetings, usually on the second Saturday of the month from March to October.  However, the May 2020 committee meeting is on the first Saturday (02/05/20).
  • Nature Saturdays, usually on the last Saturday of the month from March to September. However, the March 2020 Nature Saturday is on the third Saturday (21/03/20)
  • Midweek afternoons, usually on Tuesdays from March to September commencing 1pm –  weather permitting!

Outside the above days, we will do our best to facilitate your visit but cannot guarantee the availability of any particular dates or pitches. We have members who live close to Silverglades who will be pleased to meet you on site, given sufficient notice of your visit. It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast first, as members are less likely to turn out when rain is forecast.

On your first visit, you will be asked to show photo ID and proof of address. Please ensure you have these with you. We do not take copies, we just want to ensure you are who you say you are


Roe deer

Putting Nature back into Naturism…

Look closely and you’ll see a young  female roe deer hiding in the wild flower meadow at Silverglades. Not at all bothered by my presence, or the noise we were making as we worked on repairing the clubhouse roof only 30 yards away




Replacing the fascias

A few years ago , the wooden fascias were replaced with what we thought was marine ply. It wasn’t, and it very quickly delaminated.

Poor quality “marine ply” in 2017
Delaminated boards in 2019 as work began (one down, 3 to go)

Last year, I searched out the best quality marine ply I could find locally and settled on a sheet of 18mm x 1220mm x 2440mm from Wickes and had this delivered to my home. I cut this into four pieces, and spent the winter treating and painting them with help from my other half.

Altogether, it had 1 coat primer, 2 coats Dulux Trade Weathershield Exterior Flexible Undercoat Paint (Brilliant White), and two coats Dulux Weathershield Exterior Gloss (Color: Buckingham). The fascia boards were then taken up to the clubhouse, along with my scaffolding, in the back of my Landy.

Then we had to wait for a decent spell of weather. Incredibly, we have not had 3 consecutive dry days all spring or summer! Eventually we decided we could wait no longer and a few weeks ago we decided to replace the fascias come what may.

First, we had to dismantle the remove the old boards to see how they had been fitted:

Underneath the fascia

We found that each fascia board had been fixed to the horizontal wooden beams with 3-inch wood screws. This wasn’t really enough to support the weight of the boards, so they were also resting on a horizontal metal lip (between the black and green parts in the image).  This lip took most of the weight. The corrugated sheeting of the roof allowed water to be driven under the right-angle cover (just visible, colour blue, at the left), and down the back of the boards onto the lip where it ponded. The poorly treated plywood was taking up this water by capillary action, causing the rapid delamination of the boards.

In our re-design, we have added a damp proof membrane under the corrugations and have brought this over the front of the boards behind the angled aluminium (blue in the image). The boards are fastened to additional vertical supports (visible in the image). These verticals bring the boards forward and away from the metal lip, and the height of the boards is reduced by 2cm so they do not rest on the lip. Any water driven under the corrugated roof will now flow between the angled aluminium and front of the boards, and not down the back onto the metal lip.

Above and below: adding a damp proof membrane

Working from right to left, in this next image you can see one fascia board has been fitted in place, and additional vertical pieces to support another board are being fixed at left:


With the second fascia board in place:

The old boards had large cut-outs to accommodate the stanchions. We decided to make the cut-outs follow precisely the shape of the stanchions and to seal the joint with silicone. We also silicone-sealed the vertical joints between each board:

Closely following the shape of a stanchion

Fitting the first fascia board took a whole day, mainly due to the complicated cut-out for the stanchion. But we created a template and used this for the second stancion, so the remaining 3 boards were all fitted in a single day:

The completed fascias look quite good! The corrugated roof needs fastening down, and there’s some other work. Clear Gorilla Tape has been put on the bottom edges of the boards to stop water getting between the laminations, and this tape needs to be painted with Weathershield. But it’s more or less “job done”


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