Knighton Park

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 364

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
Vestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis22/07/2017AJ Cann
Rhododendron LeafhopperGraphocephala fennahi18/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
CommaPolygonia c-album18/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
Meadow BrownManiola jurtina18/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
Four Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris18/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
Buff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Vestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
White-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Hill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum10/07/2017Maggie Frankum
Xyphosia miliaria02/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense02/07/2017Saharima Roenisch
Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta02/07/2017Saharima 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), and 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, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera12/04/2014
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.13/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum12/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris10/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris18/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris10/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis07/06/2017
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 violaceus17/05/2015
BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus13/05/2017
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata13/05/2017
BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis13/05/2017
BeetlesDryops luridus13/05/2017
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula13/05/2015