Knighton Ward

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.

Parish Update

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.

Wood pigeon and stock doves in Knighton garden

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 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.

Knighton Wild Plans for 2018

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.

Wash Brook Nature Reserve Pond Cleared

Members of Knighton Wild and volunteers from Leicester Environment Volunteers have cleared the pond in the Wash Brook Reserve in Knighton, digging out vegetation that was clogging the pond from one third of the area, removing a willow that had become established in the centre of the pond, and clearing scrub round the pond.

Hedge Laying in St Mary's Churchyard

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.

Wild places

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Common BackswimmerNotonecta glauca21/02/2018Maggie Frankum
Red KiteMilvus milvus20/02/2018Maggie Frankum
SiskinCarduelis spinus20/02/2018Simon Bennett
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/02/2018AJ Cann
Stock DoveColumba oenas19/02/2018Simon Bennett
Red KiteMilvus milvus18/02/2018Irishgareth
Thickpoint GrimmiaSchistidium crassipilum18/02/2018AJ Cann
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos15/02/2018AJ Cann
Little EgretEgretta garzetta15/02/2018AJ Cann
Red ValerianCentranthus ruber11/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Western Conifer Seed BugLeptoglossus occidentalis11/02/2018Uta Hamzaoui
Red FoxVulpes vulpes09/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis09/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas09/02/2018Saharima Roenisch
Germander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys09/02/2018Saharima Roenisch

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/01/2017
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/06/2014
AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris15/04/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria13/03/2017
Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus briggsi29/03/2016
Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus23/10/2017
Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus26/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius24/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius25/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAncistrocerus trifasciatus17/07/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor22/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria05/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva08/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa17/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica24/03/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/12/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis26/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes02/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera18/11/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida14/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum08/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum16/05/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius24/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.02/08/2012
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum28/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum10/06/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris31/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris18/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris11/08/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis22/04/2015

Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers63133
Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites52107
Flies, Gnats and Midges3886
Bees, Wasps, Ants37506
Slugs & Snails32149
Mosses & Liverworts2860
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2247
Springtails & Bristletails1221
Dragonflies and Damselflies10101
Woodlice, Crustaceans933
Centipedes & Millipedes817
Grasshoppers & Crickets623
Barklice & Booklice33
Ferns & Horsetails34
insect - hymenopteran11
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