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.

    We have just been informed about maintenance on Saturday 23rd November 2019 between 0900 and 1500 when all BRC websites including iRecord will not be available. The NatureSpot website will still be here but you will not be able to submit any records and some features of the site will not be working during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, we should be back and running on Saturday evening.

    Total species seen in this parish: 1310

    Thanks

    Thanks to NatureSpot, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for supporting the work of Knighton Wild in Knighton.

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    Welcome to Knighton

    Welcome to the Knighton Ward page in NatureSpot. Knighton Wild is the local wildlife group in Knighton and exists to encourage people to enjoy and record our local wildlife and improve the local environment for wildlife. News in this section. Upcoming events in the Parish Update section below.

    City Nature Challenge in KNighton

    Knighton Wild members took part in two events for the City Nature Challenge 2019 between 26th and 29th May. 

    On Saturday 27th, members worked with Friends of Knighton Green to record as many species as possible in Knighton Green, helping to establish a baseline of what is present before the wildflower sowing and other management changes take effect. 

    Walk in the Park

    Members of Knighton Wild walked round Knighton Park on 13th April and recorded around 56 species, including 20 birds.  In the arboretum area to the east side of the park, there were  laurel bushes with large numbers of bees sunning themselves on the leaves, including the tawny mining bee, and a probable ashy mining bee.

    Tawny mining bee

    Plant Gall Walk in Knighton Spinney

    Chris Leach led a walk round the park and Spinney on Sunday 9th September 2018.  We found 37 different plant galls and also identified a leaf miner, a fungus and an inquiline (a species that lives in a gall but doesn't cause it). 

    Oak leaf with spangle and oyster galls.

    Parish Update

    Get involved this year with Knighton Wild in meetings and practical activities.

    AGM and Talk about Swifts

    Knighton Wild's AGM is on 15th May 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Lounge at Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, LE2 3WG.  After a short business session, we shall be hearing all about swifts from Peter Williams of the Leicestershire and Rutland Swift Partnership.  Swifts are one of the birds that have experienced a decline in numbers, and Peter will tell about work that is being done to monitor swifts and provide additional nesting sites to supplement their traditional sites under the eaves of houses. £1 members, £3 non-members.  All welcome.

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    Knighton Green is the area between the ends of Kenwood Road and Church Lane.  Friends of Knighton Green have planted a wildflower meadow and some local varieties of apple trees in a small community orchard.  Check out the Friends of Knighton Green page on Knighton Wild's website for details of future activities.

    If you are interested and have ideas for local activities then please contact us:

    info@knightonwild.org.uk or http://knightonwild.org.uk/

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Silver YAutographa gamma09/11/2019Maggie Frankum
    Brown RatRattus norvegicus09/11/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red-green CarpetChloroclysta siterata04/11/2019AJ Cann
    Twenty-plume MothAlucita hexadactyla29/10/2019AJ Cann
    Field MushroomAgaricus campestris27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Yellow StainerAgaricus xanthodermus27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    The DeceiverLaccaria laccata27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Common CavalierMelanoleuca polioleuca27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Candlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Crystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Wood BlewitLepista nuda27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Hairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    BlusherAmanita rubescens27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui
    Sulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare27/10/2019Uta Hamzaoui

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLasius umbratus24/09/1983
    Slugs & SnailsDotted SlugArion circumscriptus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsRibbed Grass SnailVallonia costata02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum27/09/1989
    SpidersDiplocephalus picinus27/05/1995
    SpidersLepthyphantes tenuis27/05/1995
    SpidersOzyptila praticola27/05/1995
    SpidersPardosa amentata27/05/1995
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum27/05/1995
    SpidersTheridion mystaceum27/05/1995
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsVasates quadripedes19/09/2007
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria27/07/2008
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum13/06/2012
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides13/06/2012
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus13/06/2012
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis13/06/2012
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus13/06/2012
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa13/06/2012
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga13/06/2012

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13105900
    Moths273942
    Wildflowers174520
    Fungi90180
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Bugs68275
    Beetles67258
    Spiders67179
    Flies, Gnats and Midges55121
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54662
    Birds52794
    Mosses & Liverworts42100
    Hoverflies39295
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2985
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21480
    Sawflies1639
    Mammals12109
    Caddisflies1132
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Craneflies913
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Lichens718
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Ferns & Horsetails45
    Worms46
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