Knighton Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Knighton Spinney is an area of mature woodland that is home to a variety of wildlife, including displays of wood anemones and bluebells in the spring. Squire Craddock-Hartopp planted oak trees to form the spinney in 1840 to help provide oak wood for future shipbuilding. To make the oaks grow tall and straight, ash were planted in between them. Later Craddock decided to keep the woodland as a fox covert and in 1932 a covenant was published declaring that the spinney should be a nature reserve for all time. The spinney is fenced off from the rest of the park and is open to the public on some Sundays with the support of volunteer wardens. As an area of mature oak woodland, the spinney is home to many birds, including green and great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blackcaps and many others.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 411

    Latest News

    Knighton Park played host to the 2017 Bioblitz on 12th and 13th May.  Hundreds of people visitied the park over the two days, including school groups on the Friday, to take part in walks and other events in the park.


    Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston.  It contains Knighton Spinney, which is a local nature reserve, and is open to the public on some Sundays.  The Saffron Brook runs through the park, and there is a pond in the Heath Garden, both of which provide habitats for a number of aquatic species.  The park contains a large number of native and ornamental trees, and there is a tree trail to guide visitors round 20 interesting and significant trees.  Knighton Wild has produced an online version of the tree trail leaflet, which also includes some additional information about wildlife that you might encounter if you follow the trail round the park.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Red Horse-chestnutAesculus carnea06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    LilacSyringa vulgaris06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    RobinErithacus rubecula06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Cherry LaurelPrunus laurocerasus06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Buff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris07/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto07/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Honey BeeApis mellifera07/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata07/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    PeacockAglais io05/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    CommaPolygonia c-album05/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Thickpoint GrimmiaSchistidium crassipilum18/02/2018AJ Cann
    + new species23/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    DaisyBellis perennis23/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Getting There

    The park can be reached by public transport, and there is an entrance from Welford Road, which is served by the Arriva 47, 48 and 49 services.  It is also possible to walk to the park from London Road, served by Arriva 31, or from Shanklin Drive, served by Arriva 44.  (In all cases variants such as the 44A pass the same locations.)

    Cyclists can reach the park from the City Centre via Victoria Park, Clarendon Park Road, Knighton Road and Carisbrooke Road (avoiding London Road and Welford Road).  Palmerston Way, which runs past the park has cycle tracks and forms part of Leicester's Route 4.

    There is a car park at the entrance on Palmerston Way.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/01/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris12/05/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius11/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/12/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida14/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum07/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris10/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris18/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris05/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis07/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa30/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris13/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris05/05/2017
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus13/05/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata27/05/2016
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata07/05/2017
    BeetlesAnaspis maculata07/06/2017
    BeetlesBembidion biguttatum13/05/2017
    BeetlesBruchus rufimanus13/05/2017
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus13/05/2017
    BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus13/08/2017
    BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus13/05/2017