Temporary closure of Silverglades
The coronavirus advice is clear: stay at home as much as possible. For this reason, we have closed Silverglades with immediate effect. This closure will initially be for three weeks from 23/03/20 to 12/04/20 at which point the Government will look at the stay-at-home rules again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
The Chester, Worsley, Spectrum and Manchester Males’ swims are now cancelled until further notice, due to coronavirus related restrictions
RSPB cafe and visitor centre
Following the UK Government’s advice, RSPB have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the visitor centre, café and shop at Leighton Moss. This means there are no toilet facilities either.
Any visitors to MBNC Silverglades who make use of the cafe, toilets and shop, need to take this into account. You will have to prepare your own breakfasts from now on!
Every cloud has a silver lining though. RSPB are waiving the non-member entrance fee to the reserve so people can enjoy the site at no cost. There is of course a donations cairn by the visitor centre where people are welcome to contribute to their ongoing work.
Due to coronavirus, all BN events and BN swims are under review. Check with orgainsers of swims, or BN, before attending!
MBNC events at Silverglades are currently unaffected
Coronavirus update 17/03/20
Following today’s statement on coronavirus by Boris Johnson, I’d like to let you know that Silverglades currently remains open!
In his statement, the PM said (and I’ve slightly edited it here for context) that:
- If you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then your whole household should stay at home for fourteen days.
- If possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. You should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
- Even if you don’t have symptoms and if no one in your household has symptoms, now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel, to start working from home where they possibly can, and to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
- Avoiding all unnecessary social contact is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.
The PM’s full statement is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020
It should be possible to visit Silverglades and still comply with the spirit of his statement. However, please do not not visit Silverglades if you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.
When visiting Silverglades, please bring your own hand sanitizer to use when handling padlocks on the gate and doors, and be aware that surfaces in the clubhouse and elsewhere may need cleansing before and after you touch them. If others are present when you visit, please try to keep at least 2m apart at all times, and spend as little time as possible in the clubhouse with them.
The situation with coronavirus is moving rapidly, and this advice may change.
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