Knighton Ward

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    • Selected parish = BLUE
    • Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN

    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.  Knighton Wild is also involved in the management of St Mary Magdalen Churchyard and Knighton Green.  Knighton Green is a small area of grass and woodland on the Wash Brook.

    Craneflies

    We are currently at peak cranefly. These useful resources will help you identify them. More...

    Total species seen in this parish: 1373

    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.

    Record Wildlife in your Garden

    While we are all restricted to spending most of our time at home, why not record the wildlife you see in your garden?

    Knighton Wild is running a series of posts on its website with details of what some of its members are seeing in their gardens with suggestions for what you might see and help with identification.

    Have a look at the Knighton Wild website and record your sightings here on NatureSpot.

    Outstanding Assessment for Knighton Green

    Knighton Wild’s work in St Mary’s Churchyard and on Knighton Green is entered in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Each year an assessor visits us to review progress and make an assessment based around community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. This is the third year we have been part of the scheme and in previous years we have been pleased to get a grade 3 (improving) but this year we have excelled ourselves and got a grade 5 outstanding!

    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. 

    Parish Update

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

    Knighton Wild Facebook Group

    Knighton Wild has a new Facebook group where you can share and discuss your local wildlife sightings. Please join us: 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/530101604578306/

    Record Wildlife in Your Garden

    Spending your time at home?  Why not record the wildlife you see in your garden.  Have a look at the Knighton Wild website for updates from some of our members on what they've seen and identification suggestions and help.  You can record what you see on NatureSpot.  Why not register if you haven't already?

    Birdwatching Walk - Washbrook Local Nature Reserve

    Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am-12.00 noon.  Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Emergency.

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    No activities at present.

    If you are interested and have ideas for future 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
    Large Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula27/05/2020Nicky Thompson
    Common FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Shepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Wall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    CinnabarTyria jacobaeae26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    ElderSambucus nigra19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Turkey OakQuercus cerris19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Codling MothCydia pomonella17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Muslin MothDiaphora mendica17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Poplar GreySubacronicta megacephala17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Poplar Hawk-mothLaothoe populi17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Small MagpieAnania hortulata17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa amentata16/05/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa amentata13/05/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLasius umbratus24/09/1983
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDotted SlugArion circumscriptus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus02/10/1987
    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 & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus27/09/1989
    SpidersDiplocephalus picinus27/05/1995
    SpidersLinyphia hortensis27/05/1995
    SpidersOzyptila praticola27/05/1995
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum27/05/1995
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris06/07/2004
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsVasates quadripedes19/09/2007
    LichensAspicilia calcarea19/03/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra13/06/2012
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria13/06/2012
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare13/06/2012
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum13/06/2012
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides13/06/2012
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis13/06/2012
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa13/06/2012
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae17/07/2012

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13736268
    Moths274961
    Wildflowers177529
    Fungi90184
    Spiders84238
    Beetles81289
    Bugs74303
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73153
    Bees, Wasps, Ants56675
    Birds54877
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Flies41111
    Hoverflies40309
    Slugs & Snails35179
    Springtails & Bristletails3096
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2636
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21502
    Caddisflies1663
    Sawflies1639
    Mammals13118
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10168
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)819
    Lichens819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Worms46
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