A couple of us will be going to Silverglades next week to open up the access to the far Butterfly Glades (through the woods beyond the main lawn)

Over the past few years we have not given this area the attention it needs, and it has become somewhat overgrown. We will begin by re-establishing the the paths by cutting back the brambles.

More details here

RSPB update

For our members who rely on RSPB Leighton Moss for snacks or meals, we can report that they  have re-opened the shop, Lilian’s and Causeway hides, the Skytower and several trails as well as the car park and accessible toilet, open between 9.30am – 5pm. Snacks and drinks will be available in the shop, which is open 10am – 3.30pm daily. The visitor centre, café and the remaining hides remain closed. When visiting please observe current guidance around social distancing, hygiene and follow all signage on-site.

MBNC members using the facilities at Leighton Moss should consider making a purchase from the shop

Where’s the beach?

MBNC isn’t like a traditional large naturist (or nudist) club. You could say our site, Silverglades, is a naturist beach, without the beach – but with woods and lawns!

Through the woods
Woodland walk

Our roots go back to 1986 when Lancaster City Council considered sanctioning a nudist beach at Heysham Head for the 1987 season but then changed its mind about naturism for 1988. As a result we obtained a small woodland site for the season, and in 1989 we moved to our current site Silverglades, in Silverdale.

Although we have 10 acres of secluded woods, glades and lawns (only ten miles north of Lancaster, less than a mile from Morecambe Bay, and close to Silverdale Station) we don’t have luxuries like electricity and gas. Our facilities are very simple (which is why our annual fee is so low – about £1 per week!)  and our membership is quite small.

When members are present we mostly spend our time there outdoors which means it’s best to visit when the weather is warm.  The site is ideal for day visits, or for stripped-back camping.

camping in the ferns

Nudist or Naturist?

“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment” (International Naturist Federation, 1974)

“A naturist is a person who aspires to the naturist philosophy as defined by the INF. A nudist is a person who just likes to be naked” (Glenne Findon, New Zealand Naturist Federation)

The “N” in MBNC happens to be for “Naturism”. It could equally be for “Nudist”. Or just “Naked”