A silver-washed fritillary.
It was Mill Copse that was on the receiving end of the Green Gym efforts this week. With the school summer holidays just around the corner, the Rangers decided that Team GG should give this wonderful woodland a "make-over" so it would all be in pristine condition for visitors. When a pile of limestone chippings was sited, then something of a communal groan went up.... shovelling and wheelbarrowing, to repair pathways, on a hot summer's day seemed a little harsh! Needless to say, some of the team soon got into the swing of things and even the fact that ONE pile eventually turned into FOUR piles (some 6 tonnes in total!) didn't deter them. Other GG members were soon involved with erecting fencing, trimming back overhanging undergrowth on the pathways, litter picking plus all those "little jobs" that keep everything ship shape. The shaded glade areas certainly seemed to be popular with many species of butterflies - see a couple of them in the photographs above.
Many thanks to Sue for the photographs this week.