Total species seen at this site: 364
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee||Bombus vestalis||22/07/2017||AJ Cann|
|Rhododendron Leafhopper||Graphocephala fennahi||18/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Comma||Polygonia c-album||18/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Meadow Brown||Maniola jurtina||18/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Four Coloured Cuckoo Bee||Bombus sylvestris||18/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Buff-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus terrestris||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee||Bombus vestalis||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|White-tailed Bumble Bee||Bombus lucorum agg.||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Red-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus lapidarius||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Hill Cuckoo Bee||Bombus rupestris||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Common Carder Bumblebee||Bombus pascuorum||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Tree Bumblebee||Bombus hypnorum||10/07/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Xyphosia miliaria||02/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Creeping Thistle||Cirsium arvense||02/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Red Admiral||Vanessa atalanta||02/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
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.