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.


    An introductory course about identifying liverworts and mosses. More...

    Total species seen in this parish: 1308


    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.

    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: or

    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
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus09/11/2019
    FungiField MushroomAgaricus campestris27/10/2019
    FungiYellow StainerAgaricus xanthodermus27/10/2019
    FungiBlusherAmanita rubescens27/10/2019
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis27/10/2019
    FungiHen of the WoodsGrifola frondosa27/10/2019
    FungiSnowy WaxcapHygrocybe virginea27/10/2019
    FungiSulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare27/10/2019
    FungiShaggy BracketInonotus hispidus27/10/2019
    FungiCommon CavalierMelanoleuca polioleuca27/10/2019
    FungiCommon BonnetMycena galericulata27/10/2019
    FungiBurgundydrop BonnetMycena haematopus27/10/2019
    FungiLilac BonnetMycena pura27/10/2019
    FungiRosy BonnetMycena rosea27/10/2019
    FungiBay PolyporePolyporus durus27/10/2019
    FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum27/10/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsLophocolea heterophylla27/10/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsFox-tail Feather-mossThamnobryum alopecurum27/10/2019
    SpidersDiplocephalus latifrons27/10/2019
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Paroligolophus agrestis15/10/2019
    SpidersLepthyphantes minutus15/10/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus14/10/2019
    SpidersEro furcata08/10/2019
    SpidersNigma walckenaeri08/10/2019
    SpidersParasteatoda simulans08/10/2019
    SpidersClubiona brevipes05/10/2019
    SpidersClubiona comta05/10/2019
    SpidersCyclosa conica05/10/2019
    SpidersLathys humilis05/10/2019
    SpidersNeriene montana05/10/2019

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Flies, Gnats and Midges56122
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54662
    Mosses & Liverworts42100
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2985
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2340
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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