Knighton Ward


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    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.

    Total species seen in this parish: 1181

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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.

    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.

    Mini-Bioblitz at Queen's Road Allotments

    Members of Knighton Wild, some county recorders and other recorders joined forces for a mini-bioblitz at Queen's Road Allotments in Leicester. Around 230 species were recorded from overnight moth-traps and mammal traps and from survey activity from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Sunday 27th May 2018. Thank you to all who took part.
    Parish Update

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

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    Knighton Green is the area between the ends of Kenwood Road and Church Lane.  Friends of Knighton Green are planning to plant an annual wildflower meadow (perennials for next year) 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.

    St Mary's Churchyard Work in March

    We plan a work session in March to clear fallen branches and twigs into a habitat pile.  Keep an eye on our website for details.

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

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus20/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red Mason BeeOsmia bicornis17/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea17/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Tetragnatha obtusa15/04/2019AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines14/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos13/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Birch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Pine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Tetragnatha obtusa13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Small WhitePieris rapae11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Brown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines08/04/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.24/01/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo07/10/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris08/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria07/04/2015
    Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus briggsi29/03/2016
    Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus23/10/2017
    Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus26/08/2017
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus13/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius24/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius26/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria30/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva14/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa17/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica03/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus callidoma09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus gemmeus09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus inflator09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/12/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis26/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum03/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes25/03/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum29/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum19/06/2016

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites71152
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers69144
    Flies, Gnats and Midges51113
    Bees, Wasps, Ants49619
    Slugs & Snails33162
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Springtails & Bristletails2566
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2249
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10139
    Woodlice, Crustaceans943
    Centipedes & Millipedes921
    Grasshoppers & Crickets627
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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