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.


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

    Total species seen in this parish: 1373


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

    Wild places

    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:

    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: or

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    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
    Mouse SpiderScotophaeus blackwalli13/05/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreen Yoke-mossZygodon viridissimus27/04/2019
    SpidersZygiella x-notata17/09/2019
    MothsLeopard MothZeuzera pyrina10/07/2015
    SawfliesHoneysuckle SawflyZaraea lonicerae19/04/2018
    MothsBird-cherry ErmineYponomeuta evonymella24/06/2017
    MothsErmine Moth agg.Yponomeuta agg.08/07/2019
    SpidersXysticus cristatus28/03/2020
    FliesXyphosia miliaria02/07/2017
    HoverfliesXylota segnis07/06/2017
    MothsEarly GreyXylocampa areola03/04/2017
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha27/01/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon23/11/2017
    MothsSquare-spot RusticXestia xanthographa17/08/2016
    MothsDouble Square-spotXestia triangulum24/06/2017
    MothsSetaceous Hebrew CharacterXestia c-nigrum05/07/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina20/01/2017
    MothsGarden CarpetXanthorhoe fluctuata24/06/2017
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum sensu lato16/06/2015
    Springtails & BristletailsWillowsia platani14/06/2019
    SpidersWalckenaeria antica24/03/2020
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes05/12/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria04/07/2016
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens05/07/2019
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis27/08/2017
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta02/10/1987
    WildflowersMistletoeViscum album02/02/2020
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana05/05/2017
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata06/04/2019
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium26/06/2016

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73153
    Bees, Wasps, Ants56675
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Slugs & Snails35179
    Springtails & Bristletails3096
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2636
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10168
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
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