Knighton Ward

    Roesel's bush cricket

    In recent years we have become familiar with Roesel's bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii. Here's why...

    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: 1266


    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
    Orchesella cincta24/08/2019AJ Cann
    Orchesella villosa24/08/2019AJ Cann
    Iron ProminentNotodonta dromedarius24/08/2019AJ Cann
    Angle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa20/08/2019AJ Cann
    Birch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus20/08/2019Nicky Thompson
    Brown House-mothHofmannophila pseudospretella20/08/2019AJ Cann
    Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius similis19/08/2019AJ Cann
    Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea17/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Buff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Flounced RusticLuperina testacea15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Square-spot RusticXestia xanthographa15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Toadflax BrocadeCalophasia lunula15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Volucella inanis12/08/2019Nicky Thompson

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    MothsIron ProminentNotodonta dromedarius24/08/2019
    MothsToadflax BrocadeCalophasia lunula15/08/2019
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva12/08/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum12/08/2019
    HoverfliesMelangyna umbellatarum12/08/2019
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens12/08/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesLiriomyza strigata05/08/2019
    MothsScarce Maple PigmyStigmella aceris05/08/2019
    SawfliesProfenusa pygmaea05/08/2019
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesNeriene clathrata05/08/2019
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta04/08/2019
    MothsDusky ThornEnnomos fuscantaria29/07/2019
    MothsAsh-bark Knot-hornEuzophera pinguis29/07/2019
    MothsPebble ProminentNotodonta ziczac29/07/2019
    MothsThe CampionSideridis rivularis29/07/2019
    MothsDouble-striped TabbyHypsopygia glaucinalis25/07/2019
    MammalsOtterLutra lutra24/07/2019
    MothsMottled RusticCaradrina morpheus20/07/2019
    MothsChequered Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis corylana20/07/2019
    BugsWestern Conifer Seed BugLeptoglossus occidentalis17/07/2019
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas17/07/2019
    MothsGrey Knot-hornAcrobasis advenella15/07/2019
    MothsCydalima perspectalis15/07/2019
    MothsLesser Yellow UnderwingNoctua comes15/07/2019
    WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare15/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris14/07/2019
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus14/07/2019
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesHarpactea hombergi12/07/2019
    BeetlesBradycellus verbasci10/07/2019
    BeetlesStrawberry Seed BeetleHarpalus rufipes10/07/2019

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites81191
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Flies, Gnats and Midges53116
    Bees, Wasps, Ants52650
    Mosses & Liverworts4195
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2976
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10158
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Centipedes & Millipedes919
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks44
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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