Knighton Wild has a number of activities planned for the first half of 2018, starting with sessions to make and install habitats for insects in St Mary's Churchyard on 17th March and 7th April. On 21st March, we will have a talk on bird identification, followed by a session on Saturday morning at Knighton Park to put our new skills into practice. Sometime in April we plan a meeting to talk about the idea of improving the Kenwood Road green space for wildlife.
Knighton Ward is in the south-east of the City of Leicester. The population at the time of the 2011 census was 16,805. The ward covers an area of 415 hectares (1.6 square miles). Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston. There is not a lot of public open space in the rest of the ward, but parts of the ward are characterised by large gardens with mature trees, which are gradually being diminished by backland development. Leicester University manages the Attenborough Arboretum, which is a good place to view native and introduced trees and a variety of wildlife. There is a small local nature reserve at the Wash Brook Nature Reserve on the edge of the ward next to the Midland Mainline.
Get involved this year with Knighton Wild in meetings and practical activities.
Bird Identification Talk and Walk - 21st and 24th March 2018
Members of Knighton Wild have said they would like sessions to help them identify different species, so we are planning two events in the first half of this year: Birds in March and Butterflies in June.
The first of these will be on Wednesday 21st March, 7.30 pm in Knighton Parish Centre on how to identify the birds you might see in and around Leicester, followed by a practical session on Saturday 24th March at 10.00 am in Knighton Park for people to practise their new identification skills. The sessions are for people who are relative beginners in bird identification, so if you can’t tell a song thrush from a mistle thrush or a wood pigeon from a stock dove or you wouldn’t recognise the call of a great-spotted woodpecker or a goldcrest if you heard it, come along and learn to identify some specific birds and also learn some general skills that will help you to identify other birds in the future.
Building and Installing Insect Habitats in Churchyard
Knighton \Wild members will be making bug hotels and other habitats for insects to put in St Mary's churchyard. The making session will be on Saturday 17th March, and the installing on Saturday 7th April. Please get in touch by email to email@example.com if you would like to take part. In particular, spaces at the making session are limited.
If you are interested and have ideas for local activities then please contact us:
Total species seen in this parish: 982
Thanks to NatureSpot, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for supporting the work of Knighton Wild in Knighton.
Eleven members of Knighton Wild spent a busy time on Saturday 25th November laying a hedge in the churchyard at St Mary Magdalen in Knighton. There were a number of small trees along the fence on the north side of the churchyard. We trimmed the smaller trees then cut them using billhooks to create the pleachers, where the tree can be bent over but still retains a connection to the roots, laid them horizontally, and then inserted stakes and binders made from hazel to hold the hedge in place. We also created a dead hedge in the small spinney next to Church Lane from the trimmings.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Common Backswimmer||Notonecta glauca||21/02/2018||Maggie Frankum|
|Red Kite||Milvus milvus||20/02/2018||Maggie Frankum|
|Siskin||Carduelis spinus||20/02/2018||Simon Bennett|
|Sparrowhawk||Accipiter nisus||20/02/2018||AJ Cann|
|Stock Dove||Columba oenas||19/02/2018||Simon Bennett|
|Red Kite||Milvus milvus||18/02/2018||Irishgareth|
|Thickpoint Grimmia||Schistidium crassipilum||18/02/2018||AJ Cann|
|Song Thrush||Turdus philomelos||15/02/2018||AJ Cann|
|Little Egret||Egretta garzetta||15/02/2018||AJ Cann|
|Red Valerian||Centranthus ruber||11/02/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Western Conifer Seed Bug||Leptoglossus occidentalis||11/02/2018||Uta Hamzaoui|
|Red Fox||Vulpes vulpes||09/02/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Goldfinch||Carduelis carduelis||09/02/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Male-fern||Dryopteris filix-mas||09/02/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Germander Speedwell||Veronica chamaedrys||09/02/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||63||133|
|Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites||52||107|
|Flies, Gnats and Midges||38||86|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||37||506|
|Slugs & Snails||32||149|
|Mosses & Liverworts||28||60|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||22||47|
|Springtails & Bristletails||12||21|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||10||101|
|Centipedes & Millipedes||8||17|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||6||23|
|Barklice & Booklice||3||3|
|Ferns & Horsetails||3||4|
|insect - hymenopteran||1||1|